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FEBRUARY weather forecast

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Manawatu Walking Festival Overseas Walk

Mullaghmore a walk over layered limestone Event:

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CONTENTS Issue No 193 - 2014

4 Walk Talk 6 New Zealand Walk:F Finding heart and soul at Catered Coast W alks Walks 9 Event: 30 year old half marathon - a popular Auckland event 10 New Zealand Walks: Two Days Bay walks alk 12 New Zealand Walk: Manawatu Estuary W Walk 13 New Zealand Walk: Foxton to Himitangi Beach walk 14 High Achiever:Award Award for walking group leader 16 New Zealand Walks: Mangawhai W alking Walking Week end eekend 18 Digital Photo Contest winners 20 New Zealand Walk: F our P eaks High Country T rack Four Peaks Track 23 Book: A volcanic guide to T ongariro National P ark Tongariro Park 24 Overseas Walks: Romania - a fun place to walk 29 New Zealand Walk: River pathway section opened 30 Overseas Walks: Mullaghmore - a walk over layered limestone 33 New Zealand Walk: Walking over Arthurs P ass Pass 36 Overseas Walks ands Tours 38 New Zealand Walks: Sunset Coast W alk - new Walk walks for all the family 40 Event: T aking on the T aniwha Taking Taniwha 42 Health: Broken bone ends up with DVT 44 New Zealand Coming Events 46 Overseas Coming Events 46 Nordic Walking 49 High Achiever: Walking the World 48 Window on Waitakere: Monitoring day in the Waitakeres 50 Contents for previous 14 issues 51 Weather forecast for February 52 Directory: Walking groups throughout NZ 56 Country Breaks 60 Stirling Sports Half Marathon

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Try and hike the Hahnenkamm For skiers, the Hahnenkamm mountain in Kitzbuehel is the holy grail of ski racing, home to the world’s most famous and most challenging downhill course, the Streif. You will likely never have the chance, or possibly the desire, to ski down the celebrated race course, but during the summer season, a marvelous hike down the course will be an exhilarating experience.

The day’s hike starts in a most comfortable fashion, a ride up the famous Hahnenkamm cable car. At the summit station, designed by the famous local artist Alfons Walde, you will reap your first rewards, pure mountain air and a dazzling panoramic view. Make sure to stop at the cable car museum to learn more about the famous mountain and then head over to the starting gate of the downhill course. Once you stare down the first few meters of the course you will likely change your mind about the meaning of steep. From here on down it is an extremely scenic and exhilarating hike down the famed race course, section by section, all of 3312 metres long. You marvel at the famous Mausefalle (mousetrap) and the legendary Hausberg jump. Halfway down, we suggest a well deserved apple strudel at the Seidlalm. Your hike might be a bit slower than the up to 140 kilometers per hour speed of the world’s fastest ski racers, but nonetheless memorable for years to come.

Looking for something different then tackle Tamborine Mountain, Queensland, Australia – Bear Gr ylls-style – crisscrossing lakes, hiking the escarpment and pounding the pave ment of a 23-million-year-old volcano with Loganfoote Adventures. Depending on fitness levels, you can don your hiking boots for one or two-day guided treks through the subtropical rainforest of Tamborine Mountain and discover towering waterfalls, rugged mountains and glowworm caves. For the more seasoned adventurer, The Great Walk of Gondwana is a three-day, 56-kilometre hike through the Lamington National Park.

Kingston Flyer In issue 190 in the article Kingston Reser ve walk we referred to the Kingston Flyer steam train. According to a reader and their website the train is not now running in the 2013/2104 season.

Native plant identification a snap Identifying New Zealand's unique native flora is set to become much easier with the launch of Flora Finder, a smart phone app developed by the University of Otago and MEA Mobile. Dr Graham Strong commercialisation manager from Otago Innovation, the University's commercialisation arm says Flora Finder will quickly identify 87 of the most common native trees and shrubs. "The app allows you to add the plants you identify to a collection on your phone. It also uses GPS to show where you found them. "If there is a plant you have been unable to identify using the app, it is set up in such a way that you can send the unknown leaf image to the University's Botany Department who will have one of their experts identify it," he says. "Not only do you get an app that will identify New Zealand native plants it will also give access to botanical experts." Dr Janice Lord, one of the experts from the Department of Botany who has been involved in Flora Finder, says carrying a smartphone with an app make access to plant knowledge far easier. "New Zealand plant species number in the thousands and books on the flora of New Zealand are cumbersome and expensive. The terminology and Latin names are also daunting, even for an expert," she says. "This is a fun, easy to use app for tourists, trampers and casual walkers. We tried to include the trees and shrubs they would be likely to see and that might catch their eye." There is a brief write-up on each of the plants contained in the app's library. Each is identified by its Maori name and its European common name, as well as alternative names in both languages, and its Latin name is also provided. An android version is under development and there is scope to develop a Flora Finder for other types of plants as well.


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White-fronted tern colony find sanctuary on the East Coast The Department of Conser vation (DOC) are excited to see a Whitefronted tern colony of 100

pairs nesting on the remains of the Historic Tokomaru Bay Wharf. “It is rare to see a colony of white-fronted tern on the East Coast, so DOC wants to ensure their protection” says Conservation Partnership Manager, Awhina White. “Great to see most the birds safe from predators, people and dogs nesting in the hardwood beams of the original wharf” says Ms White. “However, there are 20 pairs nesting on beams that are more vulnerable to interference. “As they often make their nests close to places people use, we are asking that they be left alone.” White-fronted tern take 50 days to fledge their young once hatched and it appears that the birds will be present on the wharf through to mid January. White-fronted terns are native sea birds measuring 42 cm in length weighing 160gm. Pair bonds are retained from one season to the next and they start breeding at two years of age and live about 18 years. The NZ population has declined markedly over the last 40 years and is currently regarded as threatened.

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Gibbston River Trail upgrade Thanks to the generosity of six Gibbston landowners and the support of the Department of Conservation and the Gibbston C o m m u n i t y Association, the Queenstown Trails Trust is funding a partial upgrade of the Gibbston River trail so it can become part of the official Queenstown Trail. The Queenstown Trail currently finishes at the bungy bridge but after the upgrade will continue as far as the Gibbston Back Road. CEO Mandy Kennedy says the upgrade provides the best of both worlds and thanks to six easements over private land the Trust can construct a maximum grade two trail which will be wheelchair friendly down to the Gibbston Back Road whilst protecting the stunning Wentworth and Waitiri walking Loops. Gibbston Community Association Chairperson Trish MacKenzie says the upgrade to the trail, which enables the Gibbston Trail to be incorporated into the Queenstown trail will provide greater awareness of the trail, which will undoubtedly be of benefit to all businesses in Gibbston. “I will be especially pleased to see an increase in the number of cyclists able to ride the whole trail enabling them to discover all the great things that Gibbston has to offer from the Bungy to the Nevis Bluff, especially our award-winning wines. This will be great for our Community.” Gibbston Valley Station has provided a mown detour trail whilst the upgrade is being carried out. The upgrade is expected to be completed mid March.

Ser enity amongst the sugar cane Serenity Switch off from the hustle and bustle, and soak up the serenity at Lake Redbrook Holiday Retreat, near the country town of Childers, 50 kilometres south of Bundaberg, Australia. The 165-acre sugar cane farm offers a few different accommodation options including seven self-contained cabins for those who prefer the creature comforts of home, as well as 24 powered tent and caravan sites. Lake Redbrook offers a range of activities to keep even the most energetic holidaymaker entertained from kayak and bike hire to bush walking and bird watching.

This month’s Prizewinners The winners of this month’s Walking New Zealand subscribers are: an A588 Pedometer - Dave Brockway, Wanganui and a six month subscription extension to Walking New Zealand magazine - Robert Hartnell, Palmerston North. Congratulations to you both.

West Hollywood named most walkable city in CA West Hollywood is proud to announce that it has once again been ranked the most walkable city in the state of California by Walk Score®. Walk Score’s walkability ranking rates any address based on its proximity to nearby amenities, such as grocery stores, restaurants, schools, parks and public transit. With a score of 89, West Hollywood’s walkability is ranked higher than San Francisco (with a score of 84), Los Angeles (64) and San Diego (49). “With its central location and compact size, West Hollywood is the ideal destination for visitors who want to experience the greater Los Angeles area without a car,” said Brad Burlingame, President & CEO of Visit West Hollywood. “West Hollywood visitors appreciate the safe atmosphere, pedestrian-friendly streetscaping and close proximity of our world-class hotels to dining, shopping and entertainment.” West Hollywood’s best walking districts are: * At just 1.9 square miles in size, West Hollywood is one of the most densely populated cities in California, an urban village where people frequently utilize the most efficient transportation mode possible – their feet. To help visitors hit their stride, Visit West Hollywood has compiled a series of curated and themed “Walkable WeHo” walking tours on its blog, as well as a thorough guide to a carfree West Hollywood and Los Angeles experience. * Some of West Hollywood’s most popular walking districts include The Sunset Strip, a 1.6-mile stretch of Sunset Boulevard that is home to many of the city’s premier hotels, shopping and restaurants, as well as legendary music and nightlife venues. * Just a few blocks to the south, Santa Monica Boulevard – part of the historic Route 66 – is home to Southern California’s most vibrant LGBT district, with dozens of gay-friendly restaurants, stores, bars and clubs. * Another pedestrian-friendly destination in West Hollywood is the West Hollywood Design District, consisting of Melrose Ave., Robertson Blvd. and Beverly Blvd. The district, which surrounds the landmark Pacific Design Center, is home to nearly 300 interior design showrooms, fashion retailers, restaurants and art galleries.

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My Favourite Walk

Finding heart and soul at

Catered Coast Walks Hannah Spyksma Freelance Journalist Aarhus / Denmark


remember the very moment when my Dad told me that home is where the heart is. It was at least a decade ago now; we were driving in his white van through the gorge that separates the coastal towns of Mangawhai and Langs Beach. As we rounded the corner Ponga and Cabbage Trees scrapped the van like fingernails running down a chalkboard. It’s a sound you never really forget. We snaked around another corner, the old van grunting a sigh as the gears changed, and in front of me I saw, as I did everyday, a mottled green and brown patchwork of tea tree hugging the side of the road; the first sign of home.

Over the following years that daily trip would remind me time and time again of the importance of loving where you live. It’s something my parents, Natalie and Jac Spyksma, have worked on endlessly and something that leads them to share their home, their heart with the world. Four years ago, long after I’d moved to the city, my parents decided to redo my brother’s and my end of the house and turn it into a walking lodge. Neither of us minded. I think we both understood that our heart was in a place, a feeling, rather than our bedrooms. They did an amazing job and essentially split the house into two areas, creating a separate residence for guests - a “glamping” space, or glamorous tramping, as Mum and Dad call it. Separate rooms as well as a rather plush bunking area, dining room with sea views, and a white tiled bathroom behind an earth brick wall, completed the transformation. It’s still my favourite end of the house, I have to say. So Catered Coast Walks was born, and every summer since, our Northland property has become “home base” for trampers and foodies from around New Zealand and the world. The idea came about after my mother realized that the paths she walked every day were more than a little special; they were pretty unique. At the bottom of the gorge and inland from the road that leads to our house, Kiwi have been released. In the opposite direction and towards the coast, you can walk quite literally to the end of the world – stand on top of a

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Above: Views to Mangahai Heads and Cape Rodney. This is on day two of the walk. Right opposite page: A sea view from the accomodation building at Catered Coastal Walks.

bluff with panoramic views across Bream Bay. Go in another direction and you weave your way across white sandy beaches, along a coastal track that passes pancake rocks and a Fairy Tern colony; the nesting site for one of New Zealand’s most endangered birds. And if you were to follow the tea tree back towards the main road, then cut up into a farm and you’ll find yourself on the missing link of Te Araroa, New Zealand’s national walkway, straddling a coastal cliff top path that leads to Mangawhai Surf Beach. My home is certainly a unique patch of the world and as I write this from Denmark, where

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I now live, I know that after all these years my heart still lies just beyond the tea tree, sunken into the hill, looking at the sea from our front deck. It’s quite possible that my stomach still lies there too. Well, in the kitchen to be exact. If my Mum’s heart has been entrenched in walking the coast, my father’s has been given

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Finding heart and soul at

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to the land. is when you’re far from it. But I truly believe He’s created an orchard that now harvests in what Catered Coast Walks is about. among many other fruits apples, bananas, Do all the walking you need in a day – as feijoas, oranges, mandarins, intense as you like or as relaxed as you peaches, and passionfruit. like – and then return to a nest with ■ An equally impressive vege food that nourishes the body and the garden brings constant delight soul. through the season where It’s a recipe that I fed myself time everything from herbs to tomatoes, and time again when I lived in broccoli, leak, cabbage, zucchini, Auckland; escape the city, go home for lettuce, capsicum, pumpkin, rocket, the weekend, walk, feast, sleep to the fennel, you name it, it is tended to. distant sound of the waves crashing on And when my folks work together to serve the rocks, wake to sun sparkling on all that their harvests up on a plate, oh boy, that’s a Pacific Ocean. Bliss. feast I’ll probably search a lifetime trying to My Mum is a great listener; she loves recreate. hearing the stories of guests who come to the It’s easy to talk about how wonderful home lodge. Hospitality is also one of her greatest prides and I know she gets such pleasure to see guests leave Catered Coast Walks feeling relaxed and refreshed. There’s nothing a bit of walking, some salt air and a hearty meal can’t fix. Whenever she

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Above: The view from Bald Bluff. Below left: The ccommodation at Catered Coastal Walks.

talks you can just see her passion for sharing, connecting, hosting, helping people experience why she loves this place – it’s very humbling. Again, from the other side of the world I think back to our family abode at Langs Beach and tr uth told, there’s a bit of homesickness that I feel. But then I just remind myself that I don’t need to be there to feel like my heart has it’s home on our little patch of Northland coast. In fact, it’s quite the opposite. I’m where I need to be and it gives me great pleasure to know that each guest who takes the drive to Catered Coast Walks, just 90 minutes from Auckland, may leave with that same feeling of contentment I get every time I visit home.

Fact File Catered Coast Walks, Langs Beach, Northland, NZ 2 or 3 day fully catered walking adventures that explore the hidden coastal region of Bream Bay and Mangawhai Heads. Phone 021 270 5816; A/H 09 432 1124


30 year old half marathon a popular Auckland event


he Stirling Sports Half Marathon and 11km Run and Walk is a stalwart of the Auckland event scene. The event has been held for 30 years under a number of guises; the Hyatt Half Marathon and the Cathay Pacific Half Marathon, and most recently under the name of the iconic New Zealand sports retailer - Stirling Sports. The course is based around the picturesque Orakei Domain at Okahu Bay. From here it follows the seaward side of Tamaki Drive into 11km Run and Walk is a unique fun event. It the city, around the old railway has a staggered start and a mass finish. station back along Tamaki Drive Participant’s start times are set ■ up Paratai Drive. according to how long they think they The 11km eventers then drop will take to complete the event time back don into Orakei Domain and and everyone is set to complete the the half marathoners carry on up event around 10.30am. Coates Road along Kepa, So you start and finish the event Kohimarama, St Heliers, Long with people of a similar fitness to you. Drive the drop down to Because of this the event is not timed Kohimarama beach then back along the and the event is not geared to rewarding the beautiful Tamaki Drive back to Orakei first people home. All prizes are spot prizes Domain. and everyone has a chance of winning. The Stirling Sports Half Marathon and This is a great event. It is structured around

personal goals that enable participants to compete at their own level. The mass finish makes for an exciting finish that enables people of all fitness levels, runners and walkers to finish at the same time. The event is being held on 23 February 2014. More information can be found at Above: Relaxing at the end of the event. Below left: A Nordic Walking group pose for the camera. Below right: Not far to go to the finish for these walkers.

Your favourite walk could win you a free subscription We are looking for readers’ favourite walks. Many of us go out regularly walking on a route which we class as our favourite, for a number of reasons. Perhaps because for it’s scenery, it’s safe, it’s challenging, it’s flat, it’s hilly, it’s varied, or for whatever reason. We would like you to tell us in your own words what is you favourite walk and why. Email us a story from say 250 up to 1200 words including a photo or photos. We will now give you a FREE subscription (six months or more, depending on the article), or extension to Walking New

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n Wellington’s popular Days Bay are just are in tree cover. This track is also the start of 20 minutes in the ferry from the capital the Kereru Track, so when you come to a there are a number of interesting hill junction take the left turn to Korimako Road. walks with views of the harbour. An easy extension of this walk is to go up Kereru Track for about 100 metres and then Korimako Cir cular W alk Circular Walk take the right hand junction over a small stream The Korimako Circular Walk passing Korimako Road is a short loop track with a Above: The Pavilion and cafe at Williams lookout over Days Bay. The uphill track starts Park, Days Bay with the hill at the from the car park on south side of the duck background where the Korimako Circular Walk wanders up and around. pond in Williams Park, Days Bay. The track involves a bit of gentle climbing Below left: At this junction the Kereu Track branches off. but the track is good. The track has a gravel Below right: The track is a gentle climb to base most of the way up, and the upper parts the junction and there it is a little steeper.

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which is easy to cross, and across to Moana Road using the lower part of Moana Route. It is a wide and bush covered track, a little steeper until it emerges near Korimako Road where a lookout point provides a view over Days Bay. Continue on down by a concrete zig zag path way to the flat and turn left down a path into the northern end of Willimas Park. This is an easy walking route for all the family of just under a kilometre.

Ker eru TTrack rack Kereru Starting from the Williams Park car park

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Left: The view from the top of the Korimako Circular Walk of the wharf at Days Bay with the ferry ready to leave. Above right: The signs say it all.

duck pond south side the the track comes to a signposted junction on the bush track that indicates the start of the Kereru Track to the Main Ridge track above Days Bay. Access to the ridgeline is also possible from Korimako up Korimako Road near the Days Bay lookout. The Days Bay tracks climb through mature Beech and Rata forest, giving spectacular harbour views. At different times of the year you may see native Orchids flowering. From the main ridge a range of tracks lead down to other eastern bays and over to the Wainuiomata valley. Length of track is over a kilometre. The Williams Park is great way to finish the walk with a picnic on the lawn or viist Pavilion or the cafes along the waterfront. If you are feeling a bit more energetic take the Wharf to Wharf 1.4km waterfront walk to the tranquil village of Eastbourne with its boutiques stores, cafes and restaurants.

Fact File Days Bay is about 22kms from Wellington. There is a regular ferry service from the city to Days Bay. The Korimako Circular Walk takes about 45 minutes and allow time to take in the views of Days Bay and beyond. The Kereru Track to the Ridgeline Track is one km and takes about 30 minutes one way.

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Manawatu Estuary walk Story by Janet Reynolds Images by Paul Vandenburg


he west coast of New Zealand is known for being a little wild and windswept. You won’t find flat golden sand and gently lapping waves on the beaches of the lower North Island’s west coast. But if you are looking for an interesting place to explore, a walking tour of Manawatu’s rolling

silver dune-fields is a must do this summer. The mighty Manawatu River – one of only a few rivers that flow from east to west across the main divide – reaches the sea at Foxton Beach. It forms the largest estuary in the lower North Island – the Manawatu Estuary. Humans have lived along the banks of the Manawatu Estuary for centuries, and modern people continue to find this a soulful place to visit. It has always been an important place

Above: The Manawatu Estuary with snowcapped Tararua peaks in the background. Photo by Joan Leckie.

Below left: Walkers on the beach near the Manawatu River mouth.

for Maori as a food source and transport route. Many recreational activities occur here, including boating, fishing, windsurfing, kayaking and bird-watching. Looking for something a little different to the usual beach walk, my husband and I set out to explore the estuary. We parked at the Manawatu Marine Boat Club and were momentarily distracted watching a delightful Discover Manawatu’s Beehive Creek, Sledge Track, Gorge walks . . .

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Above left: Royal spoonbills at Manawatu Estuary. Photo by Paul Vandenberg. Above right: some of the ninety seven species that are found at the Estuary.

old dog amusing himself as his master unloaded his boat. The dog launched himself off the seawall, quickly swam to shore and ran up the boat ramp, only to leap off the seawall again (and again, and again). After several minutes of this, we were ready for some exercise. We followed a path along the river, enjoying good views of feeding birds as we walked. A viewing platform at the end of Dawick Street provided a great place to stop and watch wading birds rest, feed and breed on the main high-tide roosting ground. Ninety seven species of bird have been recorded here. Some birds live in the estuary year-round, but others migrate from all over the world. We watched quietly, so as not to spook the birds. Migrating birds, like the eastern bartailed Godwit, fly thousands of miles. After flying all that way, they need some peace and quiet to recuperate. A few of New Zealand’s rare Wrybills winter here each year, up from the South

Island, and more use the estuary as a stopover on their annual migrations. It was the wrong time of year for Godwits and we didn’t see any Wrybills on this trip, but did get to see a some majestic Royal Spoonbill. Ready to stretch our legs again, we continued west following a path around the edge of the mudflats. We spotted plenty of Pukeko, a few Mallards and a pair of Grey Teal feeding amongst the saltmarsh ribbonwood and rushes. After a short jaunt through Pine and Macrocarpa trees, we emerged on a vehicle track that led down to the rivermouth. The distant sound of wind and waves crashing in off the Tasman Sea provided a nice soundtrack, while the estuary itself felt like a quiet cocoon. Looking east, the Tararua ranges bumped along the skyline; the dark, ragged peaks in stark contrast with the basin of soft sand and mud we walked on. Birds on estuaries can be fascinating to watch, but they are much more interesting when they are at ease. Trying to disturb them as little as possible, we kept our distance and pulled out the binoculars to watch Pied Stilts, Oystercatchers and white-faced Herons feeding on mud crabs in the shallow water. A

couple of Caspian Terns flew low over the water, searching for fish. A walk on the dunes can sap your strength, so when we’d finished exploring, we followed Holben Parade to Simply Balmy Café to refuel with a delicious hot chocolate. If you want to enjoy this walk with some knowledgeable folk to guide you, register now for the Estuary Walk on Friday 28 February 2014 as part of the Manawatu Walking Festival. See for details.

Foxton to Himitangi Beach walk Story by Janet Reynolds Images by Paul Vandenburg


ake a stroll along the stunningly rugged west coast of New Zealand, between Foxton and Himatangi beaches. Just under 10km long, this is a popular walk to do but is recommended as a guided walk to ensure that the tide timetables and weather are ok for walking. As part of the Manawatu

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High achiever

Award for group lea Lauren Parsons received the Community award at the NZ Fitness awards with her efforts in starting a walking group. Here is her story . . .

Foxton to Himitangi Beach walk Above The stream near the end of the walk at Himitangi Beach. Below: Birds in flight at the Estuary.

Walking Festival, you can book your ticket and get dropped off by the bus at Foxton Beach, where you will start your walk North towards Himatangi Beach. A popular feature of these beaches is the many driftwood formations and huts built by locals and visitors alike. Sit in a hand crafted bivvy and take a breather, as you watch the waves roll in. Expect to see fisherman kayaking, surfcasting and long lining, as well as local horse riders and dog walkers. Being such a wide, flat and sandy beach makes it ideal for all types of recreational activities. At 20 kilometres wide, the Himatangi sand dune fields are arguably ones of the Southern Hemisphere’s largest. In earlier years, before it was known as Himatangi Beach, the coast


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was a seasonal gathering place for Maori who camped there specifically to catch and eat fish and shellfish. After their feasts, they left the shells in piles, which are called middens. These middens have created a fascinating archaeological record of what the area once looked like. Also discovered with the middens are eating tools like oven stones and charcoal, all discovered behind first two rows of sand dunes, which is where the beach line would have sat in the very early 1800s. The dunes were once covered by a variety of stabilising native grasses and vegetation. However, following the 1850’s when European settlers began grazing them, the native grasses slowly disappeared. At the end of this walk, you’ll be rewarded with a classic kiwi dinner of Fish n’ chips from the local store – the perfect end to a beautiful beach walk. For more information on this walk, on February 28 2014, check out the Manawatu Walking Festival website


By Lauren Parsons

or quite I while I had had the idea to start a walking group, and in late 2012 decided to launch it early the following year to take advantage of great summer weather. Having worked in the healthy and fitness industry since 2000 I understand the positive impacts of getting outdoors and getting active along with others. I wanted to offer an accessible way for women to have a fun, social way to improve their health and happiness all while building community and raising funds for a great cause. What’s in a name? Having grown up in Hokowhitu (a suburb of Palmerston North) the name Hot-Whitu Chicks came to me and I pictured a team of Hot-Whitu Chicks wearing Hot- Pink and raising money for Breast Cancer. Everyone I mentioned the idea to loved the sound of it, so the Hot-Whitu Chicks was launched on the 9th February 2013. There were four main reasons I started the group (1) to raise awareness of being breast aware, encouraging women to be vigilant about regular checks, (2) to raise money for the breast cancer foundation, (3) to get women in the community connected, to foster friendships and community among people and (4) to encourage people to get active, get outdoors in the fresh air We have achieved all of these goals with a real mixture of ladies of all ages coming along and enjoying our lovely scenic 5 km walk along the river and back past the lagoon. We stop for a cuppa afterwards at the local Community Centre which gives everyone a chance to really connect and chat. With so many cancer survivors as well as those that have been affected by losing loved ones, its really great to knit together and support one another. We have lost family members which is where my personal connection comes in so I

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walking der feel really privileged to be able to put money towards this cause as just a small step towards helping others. The first day Just to back track a little and tell you about the first day... I can remember, trying to get my two daughters Brianna (then 3) and Olivia (then 2) who had slept in late to eat their porridge, get shoes on, hair in some sort of reasonable state and in the car. I had aimed to be there at about quarter to for a 9am start. I managed to arrive about 2 minutes to 9. I had expected about five or six people to show up. (We had started a facebook group and had eight people say they were coming.) But I was amazed to pull into the car park to see a group of over 30 ladies already waiting with more wandering over – can you imagine it. I was so flabbergasted that I almost forgot to even collect the money! Since then we have had over 70 ladies join us for the walk at different times. We average about 20-25 ladies on any given weekend with several regulars who are there Above:Lauren who won the virtually ever y Community Award at the NZ week and several Fitness Awards recently. new faces most weeks as well. The weather has been kind to us thus far but we do intend to continue on rain or shine as getting out in sunlight is still the best way to start your day! Our Tees When I first thought of the group I pictured us all walking along in our Hot Pink Tees (what else would Hot-Whitu Chicks wear right!?) and just knew that having team t-shirts would add a real sense of identity and belonging for people. Very quickly offers came from the very generous Jayne Bergesen of Veronica Jayne Beautiful Hair and Lynne Vautier of Vautier Pharmacy (both local Hokowhitu Village

businesses) to sponsor production of the Tee Shirts along with myself. We took orders for people’s desired sizes, had the Tees designed (by my incredibly talented friend Alex McCarthy who kindly donated her design time) and soon enough had 50 gorgeous Pink Tees with an uplifting message on the back. “Always remember you are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, smarter than you think and twice as beautiful as you’d ever imagined.” The sponsorship totally covered the cost of the Tees which we sold for a ‘donation of $20 of more raising over $1000. They sold out even faster than we expected and are about to do a re-print to sell another round as they are still in hot demand. Pink Ribbon Breakfast When May approached and it was suggested to hold a Pink Ribbon Breakfast we jumped in boots and all and with the great help of Lynne and Jayne and many others held a fabulous early morning Breakfast with over 115 ladies in attendance. The 29th May we held our breakfast at the Chalet a local venue overlooking the lagoon (part of our weekly walking loop) and with the generous help of Lisa from Boatshed Catering who did a stunning menu and Leigh

Above: Some of the group at their starting point. Below: The group follows on down to the Manawatu River walk.

Rosanoski a professional stylist from A Blissful Life. I shared some tips on feeling fit and fabulous for life (which is what I love to share with women) and Lisa Laney shared her moving and inspiring story of diagnosis and living life to the full every day. My vision now is to see more Hot-Pink Chicks walking groups started up all over the country. If you are inspired as you read this, then please get in touch with me. It has been incredibly easy to set up and organise and you will meet some amazing ladies and have a lot of fun. It is a commitment each week but its one I’m proud to make and the weeks when I just can’t be there if we are out of town for example the group just carries on without me! Get in touch with me via my website if you would like to find out more or to look at starting your own group in your local area, I would be happy to help. Always remember that you are truly amazing just the way you are.

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Mangawhai Walking Weekend By Jean Goldschmidt


ear after year walkers are returning to the place they have come to love. Sharp mountain peaks, blue skies, dazzling white sand and the intense deep blue of the Upper Hauraki Gulf make Mangawhai the place people want to be for this Mangawhai Walking Weekend. This year’s event will be held from 28 March to 30 March at Managawhai, only eighty minutes from Auckland on the east coast. Most exciting for the locals and a place we can now share with visitors is our own bush track. Never before has Mangawhai had a public bush track on its doorstep. As a natural follow on from the Mangawhai Walking Weekend annual event the Mangawhai Tracks Charitable Trust was formed and the Friday trackies came into being. A block of DOC regenerating bush leading up to the Brynderwyn hills was made available. This included a paper road so investigations began. Known to many locals were the waterfalls long since lost in the fast growing regenerating bush. With permission given the hunt was on. The first track now known as the Tanekaha Forest Track crossed the stream and went straight up the hill to meet the almost defunct ( discarded by DOC) Brynderwyn Walkway. This track was opened for the Walking Weekend last year. Now for 2014 we have the Tanekaha Falls Track known as the Waterfall Track to present to the public. This definitely has the WOW factor. It will be some time before the track is finished to its destination creating a loop but we wanted to share it as far as the trackies have completed. To work on the track these retirees have to walk forty five minutes carrying all necessary tools before they begin. They tell me they are enjoying the challenge and the camaraderie so look forward to their Friday mornings on the hill. One wife said her husband seemed keener to be out cutting tracks than tending the home garden! This walk will be very popular with our regular attendees so it is featured on both days. Two happy ladies who are regular attendees.

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A panoramic view with the Hen and Chicken Islands in the background. Photo by Jean Fountain.

Another addition to the programme is a walk that combines three of the Leigh tracks. An excellent brochure has been produced by the locals and one of our guides has taken these known tracks, matched them up and created an excellent coastal walk. With Cape Rodney in one direction and Whangarei a Heads in the other the views are superb. The water sparkles and the tracks are well formed with only short sealed road stretches of walking to join them up. It ends with a new well formed walkway coming down the hill to end at the back of the Leigh Marine Centre. This newish centre now open to the public is a special educational place with well lit graphics, a sound tunnel, a hands on touching seashore experience and underwater videos. It’s best to make a booking and have a guide. The students from Auckland University study here and are often on hand to talk to visitors. Not being a loop this walk needs bus transport. Start of Tenekaha walk.

One of the most popular people in Mangawhai is Shirley our outstanding keepfit (aerobic) instructor. She takes two hall packed classes on a Thursday; one for younger people and one for older people. She is keen to look at the current craze of boot-camp exercise so we have included a session on the programme. We hope some young people and older too will pick this up for the experience and encourage her to run a regular class. She will be joined with two other experienced instructors. Another innovation suggested by our photographer is the Sunday Sunrise walk. Frustrated with the high sunlight during the day when the photography walk takes place he has offered to encourage keen photographers to join him at the beach in the early morning when the light encourages more creative and clearer photography. Anyway

Photo by Stephanie


Mangawhai’s best crowd group enjoying themselves.

there is nothing nicer that being out and walking the beach in the clear, crisp air watching the sun rise. Perhaps everyone should be encouraged to be out at that hour. Our special and popular Troubadour Trail will again introduce the weekend. Taking the short coastal track along the cliff and beach walkers will be entertained along the route. Professional musicians will be in place to surprise the walkers. Our feature this year is Rae McGregor giving a solo performance depicting the life of our local hero, Jane Mander, who wrote ‘The Story of a New Zealand River’. To miss the Sunday breakfast is to miss the outdoor breakfast of a lifetime. Sparkling in the sunlight are all the silver serving dishes filled with scrambled eggs and tomatoes and mushrooms, dazzling with colour are all the fruits of pineapples, bananas, oranges and avocados and sizzling on the BBQs are the

sausages and bacon. With a now flourishing art community the Mangawhai Art group hosts their usual Art Trail. This has been a feature since the Walking Weekend began so for those who would rather not take to the hills or bush there are plenty of alternatives for all visitors at the Mangawhai Walking Weekend. As usual the Saturday afternoon will be filled with the Food and Wine Festival. From 3-7pm the band this year being ‘The Mermaids’ will provide the entertainment.. Every year sees new local producers setting up life-style businesses; the wine makers and olive oil blenders are becoming more established and winning medals and our Rush coffee is sitting at the top of the coffee roasting competitions; all of which is making Mangawhai a place to live the good life. The 15 th annual Mangawhai Walking Weekend is delighted to present its programme for the 28th-30th March 2014. Unbelievably we seem to be able to manage something new every year only because of the enthusiasm and dedication of the Mangawhai trampers who turn into the eighty or so guides of whom most have attended an outdoor first aid course and a risk management training day. For more infor mation: Dates 28th-30th March 2014.

Above: Mangawhai Geology Walk.

Photo by

Miriam Beatson

Below: On the Waterfalls Track.

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Photo Contest

Monthly Photo Contest Left: Jim, Dave and Debbie observe the amazing limestone rock formations along the ‘Tawarau Falls’ walk near Waitomo. Photo by Helen Wreaks. Below left: First day on the Camino de Santiago de Compostela crossing the Pyranees and the border from France to Spain. Photo by Diane Carter, Gisborne.

Above: Enjoying the sunset at Castle Point Lighthouse on the Wairarapa's EastCoast. There are a couple of short walks with spectacular views. Photo by Shirley Brown, Blenheim.

We are looking for the best digital photos each month depicting walking Now the time to get your digital camera out or look through your digital images and enter the

Walking New Zealand Digital Photo Contest The image could be a scenic scene, a walk on the beach with the dog, a bush walk, a street walk or anything walking that takes your fancy. The rules are simply: there must be a person or persons walking in the picture either front, side or back on, and can be in the distance. We require an emailed image in high resolution mode, in jpeg format as an attachment, and NOT embedded in Word or in the email, etc. In the subject line type “Walking New Zealand Photo Contest” and the email must include the NAME, POSTAL ADDRESS and phone number of the person who took the photo and a small caption. In this contest only ONE emailed photo accepted per month. Entry in the contest automatically allows us to print the image. The person who has their photo published will receive a six month subscription or a renewal to Walking New Zealand magazine of six months. If a picture is chosen for the cover page the person will receive a 12 month subscription or renewal.

Email your entries to: with subject line “Walking New Zealand Photo Contest” Only EMAILED entries will be accepted.


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Photo Contest Right: Walking along the top terraces of South Island's Mesopotamia High Country station with a backdrop of the "Two Thumbs" mountain range and the sweeping Rangitata River before us. Views like these atracted the Victorian novelist Samuel Butler to the area and was the inspiration behind the writing of the satirical novel Erewhon. Photoby Alwyn Paterson, Hamilton. Below right: A group of Wanganui Tramping Club members on the Te Waihou Walkway just north of Putararu where the crystal clear waters of the stream were much admired. Photo by Margaret Walford, Wanganui.

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â– Magnificent views from this peak.

Four Peaks High Country Track


ollow the footsteps of pioneering farmers and musterers on the picturesque Four Peaks High Country Track, a 40 – 50 km round trip spanning untouched tussock and alpine terrain through a privately owned sheep and cattle station. Located only two hours south of Christchurch in the South Island, this is an accessible destination for keen walkers.

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The Sutherland Hut.

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A group celebrates after reaching the top.

You can even read poems and ballads penned by those early shepherds while staying in their lodgings, which were used from the 1860’s to the 1970’s when there was little or no fencing in the South Island high country. Situated alongside freshwater streams in idyllic mountain environments, each of the charming musterers’ huts have been upgraded for comfort and cosiness while retaining original features like corrugated iron roofs and walls and chimneys made of local river stone. The huts have also been furnished with other memorabilia from the pioneering era for walkers’ interest. Four Peaks High Country Track is ideal for those who want to get away from it all – and do so independently.

Two cyclists on the trail.

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Above: A view from one on the trails on Four Peaks High Country Track.

Four Peaks High Country Track It’s self-guided, but you won’t get lost: each day follows well-defined sheep, riverbed and 4WD tracks encompassing new and exciting country, climate and topography. A limit of ten visitors per day ensures you experience the peace and tranquillity of this 4 days W alk or Bike Ride Walk Packs transported, exclusive groups up to 10 people Only 2 hours from Chch, near Fairlie - Phone 03 685 4848

unique environment. Look out for wildlife like chamois and falcons, and a vast range of flora, including the unusual “vegetable sheep” plant, whose resemblance to the woolly animal from a distance confuses musterers to this day. The three or four-night walk begins and ends at Four Peaks Station near the quaint, friendly township of Fairlie, and the bustling town of Geraldine. The first day’s walk 14kms of gentle gradient takes you through to Pleasant Gully Hut; the next day is a varied 15km journey over Fiery Pass to the drier Mackenzie country on the northern side of the station. The third day is a shorter, more relaxed nine kilometres via Jumpover Saddle, from where you can take an optional two-to-three hour return trip to Devil’s Peak – at 1587m, the

second highest of the Four Peaks – boasting a stunning panorama. The final stretch is 9km over lower farmland and back to the homestead and starting point. You’ll need to bring your own food, sturdy tramping boots, sleeping bag, spare clothing and a camera to record those breathtaking vistas and fun moments with your friends. A good level of fitness is required due to the varied terrain and some steeper sections of hill country. You’ll just be toting your daypack as food and luggage is transported to the huts for you. Some call this ‘glamping’ or glamour tramping! It’s certainly a fun and relaxed way of experiencing this special area of New Zealand. The Four Peaks High Country Track can also be tackled by mountain bike, staying in the same accommodation as for the walking trip. It follows a 60km 4WD track around the station – incorporating both exhilarating and cruisy stretches through this high country paradise. Contact details: Phone 03-685- 4848,, info@walk Below: The unusual “Vegetable Sheep” plant. |

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simple rules to help you stay safe:

Before you go into the outdoors get familiar with New Zealand’s Outdoor Safety Code


Plan your trip


Tell someone


Be aware of the weather


Know your limits



Books where to find these features on the park’s famous walks and tracks, with a useful chapter found at the end of the book detailing the different walks available in the area, with infor mation on duration, distance and difficulty. Included are the post-eruption events of Ruapehu in 1995-1996, the long-predicted burst of the Crater Lake and safe passage of the lahar in 2007, as well as the Te Maari eruptions from Mt Tongariro in August and November last year.The book also updates the research work of New Zealand scientists, including the study of ash layers using improved techniques to refine the age of the volcanoes in the area. An easy-to-read guide that is perfect for students, tourists and anyone with an interest in the area’s geology, A Volcanic Guide to Tongariro National Park is a must-have for visitors to the area.

A Volcanic Guide to

Tongariro National Park By Karen Williams fascinating and comprehensive field guide to the volcanoes, volcanic features and dramatic landscapes ofTongariro National Park. Approximately one million people visit Tongariro National Park each year, with around 80,000 completing the Tongariro Alpine Crossing, the country’s most popular one-day trek.With its handy size making it perfect to throw in your backpack, A Volcanic Guide to Tongariro National Park is essential reading for anyone who wants to get the most out of their trip. New Zealand sits precariously on the collision zone between between the continental Australian Plate and the oceanic Pacific Plate, one of the most active tectonic settings in the world.Asettings in the world.The famous volcanoes of Tongariro National Park are located at the southern end of the Taupo Volcanic Zone — an area slowly widening as the Earth’s crust is stretched and thinned by the relentless forces beneath. A Volcanic Guide to Tongariro National Park


provides a comprehensive introduction to the area and the volcanic forces that shape and mould the landscape. It tells the turbulent history of the volcanoes, explains the inherent processes at work with beautiful photography and detailed diagrams and clearly identifies the volcanic features found in the park — vents, peaks and lava flows.The book also shows you

Karen Williams is the author of Skiing on the Volcano and Ruapehu Erupts along with several other titles. Her latest book A Volcanic Guide to Tongariro National Park is a complete rewrite of Volcanoes of the South Wind, first published in the mid 1980s. After graduating from university, she worked for the DSIR’s Antarctic Division in Christchurch and spent a summer working as public relations officer/photographer at Scott Base in Antarctica. She has worked as a newspaper and radio journalist, and managed the Taupo Museum for many years.

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Romania - a fun

place to walk

By Barbz Lowther

The track above Lake Balea.

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Romania - a fun place to walk W Above: Shaky bridges between Podragu and Victoria. Below: Metal hand rails along the trail.

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alking in Romania was fun. The mountains were majestic and challenging, and the locals were ‘infectiously enthusiastic’. We travelled by train from Budapest (Hungary) to Sibiu; a town nestled at the foot of the Fagaras Mountains, and a base for walkers and climbers. The Fagaras Mountains are the highest part of Romania, - part of the Southern Carpathians. Sibiu, has retained its cobbled streets, and well preserved medieval town, and houses one of the oldest museums in the world in Brukenthal Palace. The ‘cities eyes’ are well known - little attic windows with ‘eyebrows’. We spent several days exploring Sibiu before travelling 25 kms to the mountains. Although tracks are extremely well marked, and a system of chalets well maintained, there is absolutely no public transport to get to any trail heads. So we hitched. - an adventure in itself. We had three rides, including one with a Romanian family in the back of a little wooden cart drawn

by an old horse. The final leg of the journey was in a telecabana (gondola), riding over the Transfagarian Road. Because it has more ‘S bends‘, viaducts, tunnels and steep descents, it is a favourite for rally drivers from all over the world - but is only open for three to four months of each year. We were quite glad to be riding over it. We reached Lake Balea, the highest point of the road by noon, in time to climb a nearby peak. - Mt Capra. Using Balea Chalet as a base, we spent three days walking on balcony paths, over saddles, along cliff tops, climbing to Negoui Peak, (2,535) and resting at lakes Caltun and Capra. The Fagaras Mountains are magnificent with towering craggy peaks in every direction. There are frequent avalanches in this area, and temps drop to – 40 degrees in Winter. This was hard to believe when we were enjoying temps in the 30’s every day. On one occasion we had to call Salvamont (Mt Rescue) because a man was off-track, in

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distress, half-way up a rock face, and calling for help. We spent the next hour or so watching the drama unfold. I could not praise that rescue team more. They put their own lives at risk to save a guy who ’Heard the rocks calling him’ From Balea we walked east to Podragu Chalet, built beside the deepest lake in the Fagaras. Following blue and white painted markers; we experienced a variety of terrain, snowfields, scree chutes, sudden descents, and rock walls; aided sometimes by ropes, chains, and steel cable rails. It seemed there was very little flat trail. It was a tough day, and we were glad to hear donkeys braying, signalling that we had nearly reached Podragu, where donkeys are used to carry supplies. This chalet was close to Molovenieu, (2,544) the highest peak in the Fagaras, so it was popular with climbers. From here we walked down a gently sloping wooded valley, beside a fast flowing stream - a welcome change from sheer rock. The bridges in this area were interesting two or three logs with a very wobbly or non - existant handrail. Reaching a dusty forestry road by noon, we again had the choice of walking 18km’s to the nearest village, or hitching. Within 10 minutes, were lucky to get a ride to Ucea - the closest railway station. On the way we passed a huge solar energy park with acres of solar panels..

Above left: “PeepingTom” windows in Sibiu. Above right: On the road to the Fagaras Mountains. Above: The Podragu chalet. Below left: Donkeys used for carrying supplies. Below right: The Romanian family who picked us up in their horse cart.

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From Ucea we rode the ‘Slow train’ to Sinaia in the Prahova valley. Situated 120 kilometres from Bucharest, and at the foot of the Bucegi Mountains, Sinaia has become the ’Summer Capital of Romania, as evidenced by the crowds of people there. Arriving in Sinaia early evening, with no accommodation booked, we were delighted to be approached at the station, by an old man with a card saying ‘Cazare’ (room). Following him for 10 minutes we arrived at a B&B, with a restaurant serving delicious food nearby - a perfect ending to a long day, and a lovely introduction to the ‘Bucegi Mountains Natural Park’. The Bucegi Mountainss, although part of the Southern Carpathians, are much lower and more rounded than the Fagaras. The highest part is the ridge separating the Prahova and Ialomita Valleys. Next morning, we caught a local bus 15 kms up the valley to Busteni, intending to take

the cable car up to Babele Plateau. When we saw the queue snaking its way around the car park for a kilometre, we decided to walk, and soon realised why so many people waited in line. The route was up unrelentingly steep boulders with attached chains, hooks and steel cables, to assist the climb. We passed huge hunks of ice still unmelted, although it was nearing the end of an exceptionally hot summer. By time we reached the plateau five hours later, we were ready to stop. By then the cabanas were booked with people who’d ridden up. ‘Salvamont’ (Mt Rescue) offered us a lovely room further up the mountain, overlooking the Sphinx, Babele Hoo-doos and The Mushrooms- stone sculptures created by wind and rain erosion, and a feature of the Babele Plateau. From here, there are several day walks. Colour-coded trails lead to ‘Cabana Piatra Arsa’, on to a heroes cross, dedicated to those who lost their lives defending Romania in WW1, to Caramain Peak (2,384), and along the ridge to Omu Peak. We next made our way down across grasslands to Pestera, in the Ialomita valley, where a monastery stands at the entrance to the Ialomicioara cave. It was hard to believe that this track is closed for over half the year, due to heavy snow. In August it was exceptionally hot. We wandered along easy paths to Padina, then across rolling pasture, and on through beech forests to ‘Cabana Valea Dorolui’. The next day it was an easy down-hill walk back to Sinaia. The last day was spent exploring parks, a 17th century monastery, beautiful old Renaissance style buildings, and Peles Castle built by Romanias King Carol in the 1800’s, and now a museum. All were impressive. Romania is a lovely country to visit. People are friendly and helpful, tracks are very clearly marked, there are lots of cabanas (mountain huts), transport is inexpensive and easy to access, and the food is divine. If you like fresh fruit, you will never taste better. Put it on your ‘Bucket List’. Above top: Colourful flowers near Urlatoarea Falls at Busteni. Left middle: Derek holding on the metal rails that line the track. Left: Lake Balea chalet.

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There are information signs along the pathway.

Walkers and cyclists on the pathway after the opening ceremony.

Section of river pathway opened


rom what promises to be the start of a commuter shared walkway/cycleway linking the satellite town of Ashhurst and Palmerston North was open recently. The Manawatu River Pathway, a 3.2km limestone pathway alongside the Manawatu River to Ruakawa Road was opened by the Mayor of Palmerston North Jona Naylor, at a ceremony at the Ashhurst Bridge end. Although the weather was little damp it did not deter a number of adults and children walking or biking the 3.2km section. â– In the next two years a further 6.5 km section will be added bring the path out on to Te Matai Road. Later a pathway is planned on the road verge that will link with the road section to the existing 9.86km pathway at Riverside Drive to Maxwells Line at the southern end of Palmerston North.

Above: The Mayor of Palmerston North Jono Naylor, speaking at the opening ceremony.

Right and below: Scenes on opening day.

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Mullaghmore - a walk over F

By Rachel Ryan

rom uplifted slate-grey terraces to soft green roads giving ancient cattle drovers access to winterage in the dry and fertile limestone, this is the Burren in County Clare, Ireland. Topped off by a myriad of ancient sites, this extraordinary terrain situated on Europe’s western most seaboard, is not short of unspoiled beauty … along with sheer intrigue. J R Tolkein is believed to have found inspiration for his extraordinary Gollum in a limestone cavern here on the Burren (Poll na gColm – pronounced ‘pole na gollum’). No surprises – this landscape is ripe for story telling of mythological proportion. And Mullaghmore (180m) in the heart of the Burren National Park and most easterly sibling of its two neighbouring limestone terraces of Knockanes and Slieve Rua, epitomises the atmosphere and mystique of the Burren. This place draws archaeologists, geologists, botanists and walkers like ourselves from far and wide. It is Christopher Somerville’s favourite hill in all the world. The well-loved UK Travel Writer, reflects on Mullaghmore: “when you fall in love with this mysterious place, you fall hard.” My sentiments precisely. From a tantalising first glimpse of this limestone phenomenum, through the car window, I was entranced. I had to wait a full year before being able to make my own first pilgrimage up Mullaghmore. Having parked our car flush against a dry stone wall on the side of a narrow road, we walk a mile or so of tarseal. I feel I have to somehow contain my excitement for the sake of my fellow walkers. Newly formed hazelnuts, flushed-pink are evident on the hazel scrub which is sprouting up everywhere. Crossing over a dry stone wall where a first

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Above: Walking over layered limestone at Mullaghmore. Below left: Cattle moving on a very narrow Hazelnut lined road. Second from left: Poulnabrone Portal tomb.

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layered limestone

Above right: Hazelnuts at Burrenin. Below: The house of Father Ted of the TV series with the same name.

blue way mark sign points promisingly towards our destination, we pick our way over rough rocky ground to Lough Gealáin, a seasonal lake or ‘turlough’ at the foot of Mullaghmore. The water today is ice-green on the perimeter and an impossibly deep turquoise in the lake’s centre – a magical effect of powdered limestone. Mary Howard, our local walking guide, is both lively and informative. She shows us parallel scratchings in the limestone pavement by the lake shore – badger claw markings. These little-seen and perhaps unfairly maligned characters come to drink here regularly and indulge in a spot of nail manicuring at the same time. We proceed, cautiously at first, our balance soon acclimatising to the uneven rocky terrain. Mar y’s hazel walking sticks and our sophisticated Leki sticks are certainly a bonus. We hear the china-like ‘clink, clink ’ as limestone pavements wobble underfoot, hinting at the presence of hollows, caves and vast networks of waterways way down under, which hydrologists from the world over come here to study. And the botanists among us exclaim in delight at the brilliant show of miniature Orchids, native Geraniums and further floral wonders peeping up from their war m, sheltered existence in deep ‘grykes’ (cracks) in the limestone. Something in this limestone enables both

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Experience Ireland up close: beautiful landscape, rich cultural heritage Enquiries: Rachel Ryan Ph: 027 772 3400 All walkers (10 max) booking before Christmas '13 go into a draw for a 2-night stay in a holiday cottage in heartland Connemara, right on the sea! All runners up receive a copy of 'The Burren Walls' classic little book by Gordon D'Arcy.

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Mullaghmore - a walk over layered limestone acid and alkaline plants to exist happily side by side. Ice age glaciers are thought to have brought many botanic treasures all the way from their Tundran and Alpine origins. Sedimentary rock laid down under the sea, uplifted by gigantic collisions of tectonic plates have miraculously resurrected into this multi layered terraced landscape. Mullaghmore itself is evocative of a collapsed pavlova and its neighbour, Slieve Rua, is reminiscent of a coiled up snake. Mary points out the variations of texture on rocks in this carboniferous limestone. Fossils of tropical coral and long extinct horseshoe shaped sea creatures are exposed, millions of years old. The mind boggles as we hear that many eons ago this land in County Clare was situated way down near the equator. ‘Take that!’ I tell my disbelieving brain. We eat our lunch sunning ourselves on the warm limestone, whilst Mary checks her Butterfly Guide –and “yes!” she confirms that it is the Burren Fritillary whose leopard spotted wings have been fluttering drunken-like from flower to flower on this sun drenched afternoon.

The Burren is a haven for 28 of the 30 butterflies along with many more moths found in Ireland. Mary is actively involved in counting them for research purposes. On our careful descent down the western slopes of Mullaghmore, someone exclaims “There’s Fr Ted’s house!” And indeed, there it is, across the valley – that unmistakable square two-storeyed grey residence of Fr Ted and the inimitable Mrs Doyle, right here in the heart of the Burren. And, yes, you can stop in at the house and have a cup of tea … or two. Its present owner has opened up the tourist potential, resulting from that side-achingly hilarious TV show – Irish comedy at its very best. I feel deeply content as we make our way down from the Mullaghmore summit cairn. Walking on this ancient rock gives some sort of solidity and assurance to our increasingly tentative existence on this earth. Its impossibly ancient origins invite reflection and indeed offer solace in a strong silent kind of way. We are quietly reflective as we walk. Suddenly, slender julienne strips of kingfisher-blue dart through the air around us.

‘Damselflies!’ exclaims Mary. A dazzling vision to top off this extraordinary and totally memorable afternoon walk in the Burren. How about that nice cup of tea to bring us down to earth again? Yes, please, Mrs Doyle.

Fact file The Mullaghmore Blue Loop walk, The Burren Co. Clare, Ireland Where: Park at Gortnalecka Cross, near Corofin in County Clare, West of Ireland. Closest town: Ennis – 10 miles Closest airport: Shannon – 1 hour’s drive Map: OS Ireland 1:50,000. Discovery Number 52 Or Burren National Park Walking Trails map from Burren Centre, Kilfenora. Grade: Moderate/hard. Conditions; Rough and somewhat wobbly underfoot. Need supportive walking boots. Bring water and food. And all-weather gear. Well marked. Distance: 5.5 km Allow 2/3 hours. Follow blue arrows (there are other waymarked tracks in the region) Walking guide: Mary Howard Must do’s in the Mullaghmore area: The Burren Perfumery and Café Poulnabrone Dolmen (2,800 years old) Burrenbeo Shop in Kinvara Rachel Ryan is the owner/operator of Walk the West of Ireland. She lives with her family in Nelson.

Seasonal Lake Lough Gealàin. Insert: Fritillary on Greater Knapweed.


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Walking over Arthur’s Pass

Traffic (and pedestrians!) on road near the Dobson memorial.


By John Wilson

n the evening of 11 March 1864, two young men set up camp for the night in the Bealey valley, somewhere in the vicinity of today’s Arthur’s Pass village. They were Arthur Dobson, aged 22, and his younger brother Edward, just 16. The brothers had ridden that day from the homestead of the Cora Lynn sheep run, which was then on the Cass River. Runholders and their shepherds were already familiar with the Waimakariri valley, but no European, it seems, before the Dobsons, had ventured up the Bealey. (The valley had, however, certainly been traversed before 1864. Both Arthur Dobson and Leonard Harper, who ‘discovered’ Harper Pass, were told by West Coast Maori that what became Arthur’s Pass had been crossed in the past by Maori parties.) After spending the night camped as far up the Bealey as it was possible to take horses, Arthur and Edward Dobson climbed on up the steep-sided, heavily bushed Bealey valley, finding it hard work despite having light swags. It took the greater part of the day to reach the swampy valley, more than a kilometre long, that is the summit of Arthur’s Pass. They camped the night on the pass and investigated the descent into the Otira gorge

before returning to their horses and riding back Hokitika with Christchurch. to Cora Lynn. Early in 1865, Arthur Dobson’s father, Arthur Dobson had been hoping to find a Edward senior, and older brother, George, more direct route than Harper Pass to take investigated all the passes out of the his horses across to the West Coast, where he was surveying. One look down the Otira gorge Walker on track near the top of the Pass. convinced him that he would not be able to take horses to the Coast that way. But when he returned to Cora Lynn, the runholder, Francis Goldney, persuaded him to return to check whether there was any ‘sheep country’ beyond the gorge. On this second trip, Dobson went right down the difficult gorge to the junction of the Otira River with the Rolleston River. That was far enough for Goldney to be sure there was no open pasture west of the Main Divide. (Subsequently, from the Taramakau, Dobson went up the Otira as far as the point he had reached with Goldney and confirmed that the pass he had discovered linked the Waimakariri and Taramakau valleys.) 12 March 1864, when Arthur Dobson discovered the pass that bears his name, is now seen as significant date in Canterbury’s history, but that is only because of what happened in the next two years. Later in 1864, gold was discovered on the West Coast. In Christchurch the idea quickly took root that Canterbury would only benefit from the gold rush if there was a road linking Walking WalkingNew NewZealand, Zealand,issue issueno no193 193--2014 2014

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Walker on steps along the track, glacial erratic behind.

headwaters of the Waimakariri and came to the conclusion that the only pass across which a road could even possibly be built was ‘Arthur’s’. Through the bitter winter of 1865, hundreds of men toiled at constructing the road across the pass and down the Otira gorge. It was a formidable achievement to build a road through such difficult country in just a year with picks, shovels and wheelbarrows. By March 1866, just two years after Arthur and Edward Dobson had been ■ the first Europeans to cross the pass and one year after their brother George had made a second crossing, coaches began regular trips between Christchurch and Hokitika. The Arthur’s Pass road has been a vital transport link ever since, though between the opening of the Otira tunnel in 1923 and the late 20 th century, when the road was significantly improved and the Otira viaduct built, passengers and freight travelled mostly Interpretation on the track.

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by train. The road for several decades was under-used, narrow and rough. When I first began visiting Arthur’s Pass in the late 1950s, a favourite excursion was the 15-kilometre walk along the unsealed road to Otira. We returned through the Otira tunnel, in the guard’s vans of goods trains. The walk took us down the steep zig-zag that was superseded in 1999 by the Otira viaduct. Only a fool would attempt to walk along the highway from Arthur’s Pass to Otira today, now that people travel by car and freight is carried on articulated trucks. Speeding cars and thundering lorries would make the walk hazardous as well as unpleasant. (Not to mention that it would be suicidal to try to walk across the Otira viaduct, even if it were allowed.) But there is now a superb substitute for the walk along the road between Arthur’s Pass and Otira, which I remember with such pleasure from my childhood.

As part of the celebrations on 15-16 March 2014 to mark the 150th anniversary of Arthur Dobson’s discovery and first crossing of Arthur’s Pass, the Department of Conservation is opening a new track, the Arthur’s Pass Walk. Though the walk does not cover the full distance between the Arthur’s Pass and Otira villages, it links with other tracks and so offers the full day’s walking that it used to take us to reach Otira from Arthur’s Pass along the road. The new track has been built by the Department of Conservation. It has been in use for some time (though the formal opening is not until March) and has already proved popular with visitors to the Arthur’s Pass National Park. The track starts at the footbridge over the Bealey River on the perennially popular walk to the Punchbowl waterfall. The start of the walk is close to where Arthur and Edward

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Dobson memorial, looking up towards Temple Basin.

Dobson camped on 11 March 1864 and part of the track probably follows pretty well exactly the line the Dobson brothers took when they cut their way with bill-hooks through bush and scrub to reach the summit of the pass. The track leads to the summit of the pass, past the Bridal Veil falls, with just one crossing on the now-dangerous highway by the historic Jack’s hut. Just beyond Jack’s hut, a side track leads down to the Bealey chasm, where the young river plunges dramatically between rock walls. Beyond the chasm the side track continues into the upper Bealey valley. The Arthur’s Pass Walk ends for now on the summit of the pass, across the highway from the memorial erected to Arthur Dudley Dobson in 1937, just three years after his death at the age of 93. Beyond the end of the Arthur’s Pass Walk, an older track, yet to be improved, carries on

past Lake Misery to join the upper Otira track which takes energetic and experienced walkers into the scenically spectacular and botanically fascinating upper Otira valley, to right under the Otira face of Mount Rolleston. For most the summit of the pass will be far enough. The views from the end of the track of the peaks above the Temple Basin ski-field are magnificent, the area is a natural textbook of glacial geology and right through summer something will be in flower – from Mount Cook lilies and mountain foxgloves in early summer through to mountain daisies later on. As word spreads, the new Arthur’s Pass Walk is likely to become one of the ‘must-do’ great day walks in New Zealand. The opening of the Arthur’s Pass Walk is just one of several activities planned for the week-end of 15-16 March 2014 to mark the 150th anniversary of Arthur Dudley Dobson’s

first crossing of the pass. The activities include a guided walk along the new walk (with Arthur Dobson expected to put in an appearance), a guided walk along the old ‘zig zag’ road (with superb views of the viaduct), a walk around points of historic interest in the Arthur’s Pass village, and an opportunity to listen for Kiwi. Below: Plaque on Dobson memorial (dedicated 1937)

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Above left and right: Undulating hills make the walks interesting at last year’s event Below: This group stop for a sea view.

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ark this day in your diary, Sunday the 23rd February 2014. This is the day Waiuku Rotary has planned the annual Sunset Coast Walk, with added benefits. Less than an hour out of Auckland, the Awhitu Peninsular stretching from Waiuku to the Manukau Heads is an area of outstanding scenic beauty with extensive views along the West Coast, Tasman Sea and back over the Manukau Harbour. Set on private farmland, the Sunset Coast Walk, offers walkers the opportunity to enjoy a wider range of walks this year. So if you thought you had seen it all in previous years come and find some more stunning views and interesting parts of this fascinating landscape to explore. This year they have four walks 5km, 7km,

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8km, and 11km. The walk takes you through rolling farmland to the more rugged contour along the West Coast, with walks ranging from pushchair possible to more challenging hillsides. There are sea and harbour views all walks, with cliff top views on the three longer walks Below left: Which way shall we go now? This family at an information board (as seen in above picture). Below right: We have reached the top of the hill and now its all down hill!


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Aboveleft: Four walkers who entered in last year’s event. Above right: Great views out into the Tasman Sea from the walk.

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he Taniwha is a multi-sport event that caters for everyone - walkers, runners and bikers across a multitude of course distances. Stretching along the beautiful Waikato River Trails and organised by TotalSport, the event attracted over 800 competitors in its inaugural year (2012) and over 1,100 this year… wonder how many will participate next year?! This event celebrates the endeavours undertaken by the Waikato River Trails Trust over the past nine years, culminating in 100km of top quality walking and biking trails, most of it on previously inaccessible land along the mighty Waikato River in the South Waikato District, that lies at the heart of the North Island. The event is epic, challenging yet achievable across a wide range of abilities. Legs start at various points along the trails, all finishing at the picturesque Whakamaru Christian Camp. It offers mountain biking, walking and running events over distances from 7km to 83km. Basically the Taniwha combines beautiful trails with fantastic scenery, views of the mighty Waikato River and the thrill of a major event. Walkers can do 7km, 14km or 21km; runners can do 14km, 21km, 42km or 60km; and mountain bikers can do 21km, 42km, 60km or 83km. There really is something for everyone! Be sure to be there for the 2014 event. It’s Jones Landing Lookout on the Waikato River. sure to get even bigger! The following are the experiences of two entrants in the 2013 event. train on these trails a lot - there isn’t a section Waikato District Council and myself have of the 100km that I haven’t done! Doing the committed to Oxfam again and we are blessed trails as part of an event like The Taniwha to have Waikato River Trails in our back yard. By Kerry Fabrie however takes the experience to a whole And the trails are perfect for cross country I am a local South Waikato resident living different level. training. It has it all, from back-country in Putâruru. The Waikato River Trails are Three of my work colleagues at South trekking to up hills and downhill sections. literally on my doorstep. I enter half marathon events on a regular basis and a couple of years Kerry Fabrie (on right), on the 21km walk, with ago I did the Oxfam Trailwalker. As a result I Christine Beach and Gordon Naidoo.


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Ben Ackerman taking on the marathon.

challenging section, I would say that the Waikato River Trails are great in that they cater for everyone. There are some more complex sections, but for the most part fairly easy going.

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Taking on the marathon By Ben Ackerman Running 42kms through the bush is never an easy feat, but it has its moments of worthiness when you get to experience the beautiful scenery and incredible views like that of which we did during the Taniwha. I have been competing in endurance sports for a few years now; I find this type of exercise to be really rewarding and it takes you to some really awesome spots around New Zealand. I was born and raised in the South Waikato but (thank you TotalSport), beautiful weather and had yet to experience the Waikato River Trails (though I had heard great things about them), on my doorstep - I will be back next year! so when I heard about The Taniwha event I was quick to sign up. We left from Tokoroa at 7am on the By Marc Andrew morning of the event and made our way to I’m a local, born and bred Tokoroa-boy Mangakino, where I dropped off my wife, who has enjoyed mountain biking for the past Vaialasa and sister-in-law, Sina for the half 18 years. And we’re so fortunate in the South Waikato to have many trails of varying difficulties that are suitable for mountain biking. The Taniwha’s 83km challenge is certainly my longest race distance ever. This year was my second time as I did the inaugural event last year; and both times have been thoroughly enjoyable. The day was again brilliant, well organised and the timings for finishing was good too. This year there was very little congestion too. The best section for me was the Waipapa/ Mangakino section, beautiful scenery and a good bit of trail; while the road section from Jim Barnett Reserve, probably not quite as interesting. Having done a fair bit of mountain biking, some easier trails and some more technically

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Taking on The Taniwha Above:Marc Andrew in the mountain bike event.


marathon before I headed up the road to the Waipapa Reserve. There were around 50-odd other runners participating in the marathon event, including my sister Jenna, who was running her first marathon. We kicked off at 9am and by this point, it was already proving to be a stunner of a day; perfect for the views we were about to encounter but gruelling at times when we were running in full sun. Like most runners, I use the first few kilometres of my run to set my pace and get into the zone, but after that, one of the most enjoyable aspects of running a marathon are all the competitors you meet throughout the race. Everyone is always really friendly and quick to offer help or throw a few words of encouragement your way. This sportsmanship was as present as ever during The Taniwha; a few times I came across mountain bikers who had come off their bikes and runners, including myself, would stop to help them on their way. For the most part of a marathon, you will run on your own, passing by other competitors (or them passing you by) but you’ll usually find that at some point you’ll fall into step with another runner and run with them for a while. I ran with a bloke named Tim, an accountant from Auckland, and had a good chat to him for a fair bit of the race. The first 21 kilometres, between Waipapa and Mangakino, were definitely my favourite part of the race. The trail was awesome here; shady and undulating, taking you up some hills where you were able to look out across the Waikato River. The fact that you’re not yet ‘on your arse tired’ was also a contributing factor


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as to why this was my favourite part. When it comes to long distance running, trail runs are definitely my preference, I enjoy how nice and peaceful it is in the bush and being able to enjoy the scenery. But there’s a moment, when you’re about 35ks in and everything hurts, there’s chaffing and you start thinking to yourself “Why did I not choose a more fun sport?” You can do all the training in the world, but when it comes down to those last few kilometres, right up to the finish line, it’s really just a mental game. And it’s probably not until you’ve finished the race and had a few minutes to recover that this feeling passes and you start to feel proud of your achievement. I finished the Taniwha in four hours and 10 minutes, coming in at sixth place. This was my sixth marathon and is definitely up there with my favourites. The event was really well organised and everything from the race packs, the incredible trail, friendly competitors and supporters, and the cold beer at the finish line made for an awesome day. I’m looking forward to entering next year; I think this will become a regular one for me. But wait there’s more… But the Taniwha is not the only thing the South Waikato has to offer. Why not make a weekend of the event: · Visit the Blue Spring and Te Waihou Walkway as well. Te Waihou is a fairly easy walking track from Whites Road near Putâruru to Leslie Road, 4.2km one way. It traverses lush farmland and native bush along the crystal clear waters of Te Waihou; and passes by the iridescent Blue Spring, from where 70% of New Zealand’s bottled water is sourced. · Wander the Talking Poles of Tokoroa too. Tokoroa’s Talking Poles were first suggested in 1996 as a feature for the town’s retail area upgrade. The project was enthusiastically supported by residents and to date, over 40 poles are on display, mainly around the central shopping area. The Talking Poles project aims to depict the variety of cultures in our community. Because of our forestry heritage, many of the poles are made from pine and other local woods. However, mediums such as ceramic, steel and stone are also popular. The project is managed by The Talking Poles Trust in partnership with the South Waikato District Council and generous support from Carter Holt Harvey and the Te Putahitanga O nga ara Trust. · Take on the challenge of the Cougar Mountain Bike Park in Tokoroa. A serious of trails from easy to super hard are available for beginners through to expert level. · South Waikato Indoor Pools, playgrounds, cafes, retail, golf… better make a week of it!

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Hiya Gary, I enjoyed but was flabbergasted to read the articles about long-term effects of bisphosphonates. Really scary! (Gary: Google “gary moller fosamax” for these articles) I have another concern to bring to your attention. I had a silly fall - just a little trip down two small steps - but as a result found myself with one pretty badly broken ankle and both legs with torn ligaments ... ouch painful! I was x-rayed, shown a clear break and a crack in one leg and subsequently placed in a fibreglass cast to help and support during the healing process. Eight days afterwards I collapsed at home and was rushed to the ER. Apparently a clot had formed at the site of the injury behind the cast and subsequently travelled up through the leg veins and towards my lungs where the clot split and relocated in smaller clusters of clots in both my lungs. I was completely unable to take full, deep breaths and my blood oxygen had fallen to potentially disastrous levels. I had what appeared to be a typical lower leg DVT and subsequent pulmonary oedemas. As an in-patient in the hospital I was started on the routinely given Warfarin anti-coagulant treatment - but I reacted badly immediately excessive bleeding and weird enzymes produced by my liver (sorry don’t know all the clinical names). I was then put on daily injections of Clexane (enoxaparin sodium) and have been told to self-inject until the year-end and thereafter I shall be told to take ‘an aspirin a day for life to be “safe”.

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I am forbidden to fly anywhere for the rest of this year - besides, apparently there isn’t an insurance company anywhere which will cover me. After seven weeks I returned to the hospital for the removal of my cast. Can you imagine my horror to be shown the fresh X-rays and told that the bone was still broken and therefore I’d need another cast for another six weeks! I have done as much reading as I can about Clexane and contra-indications and asked my doctor if the link between Clexane use and a still broken ankle was more than bad luck. Apparently, long term use has been linked with osteoporosis (in my mind the links between bone health/Clexane/osteoporosis all made a kind of logical sense?). Moreover, my elderly mum has spinal osteoporosis and I am very concerned that I do not put myself on a downward path to similar problems in my old age. Can you believe that the doctor’s response here was that..... “aw well, if that kind of news in breaking in the US it will be a while before it is generally acknowledged in this country!” I am torn between the fixed-mind-set of doctors who will not think outside the square, my own peace of mind for my future bone health and a desire to avoid strong drug therapies when there might be safe and healthy alternatives available out there. Are you able to suggest any healthy alternatives to the regime which has been set before me, can you recommend anything to improve a speedy bone and muscle re-growth/ re-condition, and though my sporting son has already charted some suitable physio exercises for me, do you know of any exercise which will help rebuild ankle strength soon so that I can hop back on the bike again? Keep well, and keep up your research and fabulously good reporting work. Regards (Name supplied but withheld) __________________________________ Gary: I have no doubt that your slow bone healing is associated with the drugs that you are taking. Healing should be well on the way to completion within six to eight weeks at the most. I have broken an ankle, aggressively treated it myself, including making my own cast (not recommended!) and been back weight-bearing in less than four weeks. Most treatments for injuries like fractures

and sprains are “one-size-fits-all”, taking little account of individual differences in health and healing. While I have encountered several cases of DVT this year I have not encouraged anybody to stop taking their medication. DVT is one of those conditions that you do not mess with lightly because the consequences can be fatal, as you well know. Instead, we test a person to determine the underlying causes of the unwanted clotting (can be from medication side effects such as hormone therapy, nutritional imbalances and always a good dollop of stress and exhaustion!). Once we have an idea of what is going on, we set about systematically correcting any identified imbalances, deficiencies or excesses, de-stressing and so on. Once this is achieved the person may be able to gradually remove the medication. This process is best patiently measured in months and even years. As a generalisation, a doctor is reluctant to stop a medication, even after the health crisis has long passed; even when the drug can be replaced by healthy nutritional alternatives that do not have any of the side effects you are currently having to deal with. If your doctor was to take you off the medication and place you on a nutritional alternative and, if you were to suffer a stroke, your doctor would be in big trouble for not sticking with “best practice guidelines” for treating DVT. Best practice for DVT includes includes long term aspirin and other drug use, in some cases for life. If your doctor does take you off the anti-clotting drugs, it will, as you know be replaced with another drug, such as aspirin which you are expected to take for life (not a good idea because aspirin is far from being a benign drug). With regards to your poor bone healing I do recommend the use of calcium phosphate monobasic. This is the form of calcium that is found in abundance at the site of all healing, particularly bone. It is a special form of calcium that is water soluble. Other forms of calcium are calcium phosphate dibasic and calcium phosphate tribasic. These are the hard, insoluble forms of calcium such as found in formed bone and teeth. You need monobasic for healing and I can tell you that it works with results that are delightful. I have it here if you want it and it

can be taken right away without interference with the medication you are taking. Unfortunately you are between a rock and a hard place for now: You must continue to take your anti-clotting medication which means bone healing may be slow going, for now anyway. Yes, there are effective alternatives to long term use of anti-clotting drugs but I am not going to list these in an article, or explain how to use them, because their long term use and the process of safely switching over must be done under the supervision of an experienced health professional. I can help with the cooperation of your doctor. With regards to exercise, the cast presents a problem; but there is no limitation on the rest of your body, including the upper leg that is in the cast. I suggest that you get into a gym three times a week and work out every bone and muscle, other than those that are in the cast. But take care not to overly exert yourself or risk bumps and falls because of the bleeding risk. Exercise that invigorates the body (not exhausting exercise please while on the medication please!) stimulates systemic bodily processes of healing that are beneficial for the immobile ankle. Please exercise under the guidance of a trained exercise professional and make sure you book in several weeks of physiotherapy once the cast comes off for good. Sorry, I can’t be of more help with the exercise for now. I wish you a fast and complete recovery. Gary Moller

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Coming Events

NEW ZEALAND JANUARY 2014 4 King & Queen of The Withers 10km, Blenheim 4 Frontrunner Series, 10km & 5km, Ashburton 5 CBD Stampede Christchurch 8km, Christchurch 6 Pakuranga 5km Fun Run, Manukau 7 Eastside 5km Run/Walk Series 5km, Hamilton 7 Lifestyle Sports Wellington Waterfront 5km Fun Run/Walk Series, Wellington 8 Porirua 5km Series, Porirua 9 10k in the Auckland Domain, Auckland

12 NBS Nelson Striders Half Marathon & 10km, Nelson 13 Trust House Summer Series 10k, 7km, 4km & 2km, Morinsville 14 Eastside 5km Run/Walk Series 5km, Hamilton 14 Lifestyle Sports Wellington Waterfront 5km Fun Run/Walk Series, Wellington 15 Porirua 5km Series, Porirua 16 10k in the Auckland Domain, Auckland 18 Fullers Wharf2Wharf Fun Run/Walk 25km & 13km, Waiheke Island 18 Frontrunner Series, 10km & 5km, Timaru 21 Eastside 5km Run/Walk Series 5km, Hamilton 21 State Beach series 5km & 2.5km, Takapuna

21 Lifestyle Sports Wellington Waterfront 5km Fun Run/Walk Series, Wellington 22 Porirua 5km Series, Porirua 23 10k in the Auckland Domain, Auckland 25 The Big Easy Mountain Marathon, 30km & 12.2km, Wanaka 25 The James Stampede Ultra Mountain Run 50km, Hanmer 26 Trust House Summer Series 8km 6.5km & 2km, Carterton 28 Lifestyle Sports Wellington Waterfront 5km Fun Run/Walk Series, Wellington 28 Eastside 5km Run/Walk Series 5km, Hamilton 29 Porirua 5km Series, Porirua 30 10k in the Auckland Domain, Auckland

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1 Kaweka Mountain Marathon 50km, 36km, 19km 7km, Kuripapango, Hastings 1 Mount Oxford Odyssey 18km, Oxford 1 Podium Offroad Marathon & 10km, Tauranga 1 Frontrunner Series, 10km & 5km, Ashburton 4 Eastside 5km Run/Walk Series 5km, Hamilton 4 State Beach series 5km & 2.5km, Takapuna 4 Lifestyle Sports Wellington Waterfront 5km Fun Run/Walk Series, Wellington 5 Porirua 5km Series, Porirua 5 Smiths Sports Shoes Owai 5km,& 2.5km, Auckland 6 10k in the Auckland Domain, Auckland 9 Pukekohe Half Marathon & 6km, Pukekohe 9 Trust House Summer Series 16km 4km & 2km, Masterton 11 Eastside 5km Run/Walk Series 5km, Hamilton 11 State Beach series 5km & 2.5km, Takapuna 11 Lifestyle Sports Wellington Waterfront 5km Fun Run/Walk Series, Wellington 12 Porirua 5km Series, Porirua 12 Smiths Sports Shoes Owai 5km,& 2.5km, Auckland 13 10k in the Auckland Domain, Auckland 18 Eastside 5km Run/Walk Series 5km, Hamilton 18 Lifestyle Sports Wellington Waterfront 5km

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Coming Events Fun Run/Walk Series, Wellington 18 State Beach Series 5km & 2.5km, Takapuna 19 Porirua 5km Series, Porirua 19 Smiths Sports Shoes Owai 5km,& 2.5km, Auckland 20 10k in the Auckland Domain, Auckland 22 Bedrock 50, 52km, Oxford 22 New Balance Great Lake Realay 155km & 67km, Taupo 22 Shotover Moonlight Mountain Marathon, Half Marathon,10km & 5km, Queenstown 22 The Colville ConnectionMarathon, Half Marathon & 10km, Coromandel 23 AMI Round the Bays, Half Marathon & 10km, Wellington 23 Waiuku Rotary Sunset Coast 4 Farm walks, Waiuku 23 CBD Stampede 8km, Dunedin 23 Stirling Sports Half Marathon & 11km, Auckland 23 Trust House Summer Series 10km, 7km, 4km & 2km, Greytown 25 Eastside 5km Run/Walk Series 5km, Hamilton 25 Lifestyle Sports Wellington Waterfront 5km Fun Run/Walk Series, Wellington 25 State Beach series 5km & 2.5km, Takapuna 26 Smiths Sports Shoes Owai 5km,& 2.5km, Auckland 26 Porirua 5km Series, Porirua 27 10k in the Auckland Domain, Auckland 28-1 March Manawatu Walking Festival, Palmerston North

MARCH 2014 1 The Yak Run/Walk, Seddon 1 Waiheke Round Island 100km Relay,

Waiheke Island 1,2, 3 Sea Sky and Bush Walk, Central Hawkes Bay 4 Lifestyle Sports Wellington Waterfront 5km Fun Run/Walk Series, Wellington 4 State Beach Series 5km & 2.5km, Takapuna 5 Smiths Sports Shoes Owai 5km,& 2.5km, Mt Roskill, Auckland 5 Porirua 5km Series, Porirua 6 10k in the Auckland Domain, Auckland 8 Motatapu Off Road Marathon, Miners Trail Run/Walk 15km, 49km Adventure Run, Queenstown area 8 The Goat Adventure Run 49km, Glendhu Bay 9 Ports of Auckland Round the Bays, 8.4km, Auckland 11 Eastside 5km Run/Walk Series 5km, Hamilton 11 State Beach Series 5km & 2.5km, Takapuna 11 Lifestyle Sports Wellington Waterfront 5km Fun Run/Walk Series, Wellington 12 Porirua 5km Series, Porirua 12 Smiths Sports Shoes Owai 5km,& 2.5km, Auckland 13 10k in the Auckland Domain, Auckland 15 Surf 2 Firth Bush Marathon and Half Marathon, Thames 15 Bombay Pioneers Settlers Fun Run, Half Marathon, 10km & 5km, Bombay 15 Kaiteriteri Gold Half Marathon & 10km, Kaiteriteri Beach, Nelson 15 Relay For Life, Whangarei 15 Relay For Life, Henderson, Auckland 15-16 Rotorua Walking Festiva, Rotorua 16 Capital Punishment 8.3km Wellington 18 Eastside 5km Run/Walk Series 5km,

Hamilton 18 Lifestyle Sports Wellington Waterfront 5km Fun Run/Walk Series, Wellington 19 Smiths Sports Shoes Owai 5km,& 2.5km, Auckland 20 10k in the Auckland Domain, Auckland 22 Northburn 100 161km, 100km, 50km & Half Marathon, Cromwell 22 The Dual Marathon, Half Marathon, 10km & 6km, Rangototo, Auckland 23 Mt Lowry Challenge 22km & 11.8km, Days Bay, Wellington 25 Lifestyle Sports Wellington Waterfront 5km Fun Run/Walk Series, Wellington 25 Eastside 5km Run/Walk Series 5km, Hamilton 26 Smiths Sports Shoes Owai 5km,& 2.5km, Mt Roskill, Auckland 27-30 Mangawhai Walking Weekend, Mangawhai 27 10k in the Auckland Domain, Auckland 29 Southern Lakes Half marathon & 10km, Wanaka 29 Relay For Life, Auckland

APRIL 2014 1 Lifestyle Sports Wellington Waterfront 5km Fun Run/Walk Series, Wellington 1 Eastside 5km Run/Walk Series 5km, Hamilton 3 10k in the Auckland Domain, Auckland 5 Mokau Beach Half Marathon,10km & 6km,

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Coming Events Mokau 5 Oxfam Trailwalker 100km, Taupo 6 Queens Street Golden Mile, 1.6km, Auckland 12 Alpine Lodge Loop the Lake, 25km, Nelson Lakes 13 Orewa Beach Half Marathon, 10km & 5km, Orewa Beach 13 Specsavers Hastings Half Marathon, 10km & 5km, Havelock North 26 Routeburn Classic 32.5km, Te Anau

MAY 2014 3 Rotorua Marathon, Half Marathon, 10km & 5.5km, Rotorua 4 Lions Club of South Dunedin Tairei Gorge Rail Walk, Dunedin 10 Saint Clair Vineyard Half Marathon, Blenheim 11 Sri Chinmoy Mid Year Series Half Marathon, 10km & km, Auckland

JUNE 2014 1 Paihia Half Marathon, Paihia 8 Sri Chinmoy Mid Year Series Half Marathon, 10km & 5km, Auckland

JULY 2014 13 Sri Chinmoy Mid Year Series Half Marathon, 10km & 5km, Auckland

AUGUST 2014 10 Sri Chinmoy Mid Year Series Half Marathon, 10km & 5km, Auckland 24 Cambridge Half Marathon, 10km & 5km, Cambridge

SEPTEMBER 2014 14 Sri Chinmoy Mid Year Series Half Marathon, 10km & 5km, Auckland

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24 36th Cadbury Dunedin Marathon & Half Marathon, Dunedin

OVERSEAS EVENTS JANUARY 2014 4 Portsea Twilight 3.75 & 7.75 Run or Walkj, Point Nepean National Park, Australia 7 Siberian Ice Marathon, Omsk, Russia 12 Hobart Marathon, Half Marathon & 5km, Hobart, Tas, Australia 12 Two Bays Trail Run, 28km & 56km, Cape Schanch, Mornington, Vic, Australia 19 Mumbai Marathon, Half Marathon & 10km, Mumbai, India 26 Australia Day Marathon, Half Marathon, 10km & 5km, Brisbane, Qld, Australia 26 Aus Day Fun Run 10km & 5.3km, Mornington Peninsula, Vic Australia

FEBRUARY 2014 1-3 Glen of Aherlow Winter Walking Festival, co Tipperary Ireland 9 Schoorl Run, Schoorl, Netherlands 22-23 Snowy Mountains Trail Running Festival, Half Marathon, 10km & 5km, Snowy Mountains, Australia 23 2014 Wangaratta Marathon & Fun Runs, 10km, 5km & 2km, Wangaratta, NSW, Australia 23 Tokyo Marathon, Tokyo, Japan

MARCH 2014 8 Six Foot Six Track 45km, Katoomba, NSW, Australia 9 King Island Imperial 8km to 32km, King Island, Tas, Australia 15-7 Connemara 4 Seasons Spring Walking Festival, Connemara, Ireland 16 Barcelona Marathon, Barcelona, Spain 18 Marathon de Monaco et des Riviera, Monte Carlo, Monaco 23 Convicts and Wenches 50km, 25km & 10km, Tas, Australia



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SEPTEMBER 2014 5-7 IML Three Day Walk, Seefield, Austria 13-14 IML Two Day Walk, Arenzano, Italy 27-28 IML Two Day Walk, Brno, Czech Republic

OCTOBER 2014 4-5 IML Two Day Walk, Fulda, Germany 11-12 IML Two Day Walk, Barcelona, Spain 18-19 IML Two Day Walk, Arlington, USA 25-26 IML Two Day Walk, Won-Ju, Korea 27 Dublin Marathon, Dublin, Ireland

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JUNE 2014 3 Flora Women’s Mini Marathon, Central Dublin, Irealand 8 Macleay River Marathon, Half Marathon 10km & 5km, via Kempsey, NSW, Australia 14-15 IML Two Day Walk, Diekirch, Luxemburg 27 - 29 Mourne International Walking Festival, co Antrim, Ireland 28-29 ML Two Day Walk, Viborg, Denmark

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Window on Waitakere

Long walk

Monitoring day Walking in the Waitakeres By Kay Lindley


hiteheads were conspicuous everywhere in the Waitakere Ranges on Whitehead monitoring day although there were several younger volunteers also! The first Whitehead monitoring organised by Ark in the Park member John Staniland had several senior Ornithological Society members paired up with Ark volunteers so that each team had at least one person skilled in distinguishing birdcalls. With translocations from Tiritiri Island in 2004 and 2007, the release in 2011 came with a proviso that a monitoring system be developed and tested. This survey would of course have to be far beyond the Ark boundaries as Whitehead are not especially territorial and even after the first translocation, reports surfaced within weeks of sightings at considerable distances from the release site. Having instituted some Tomtit surveys throughout the Waitakere Ranges some 20 years ago, John Staniland organised that the Whitehead survey be on the very same tracks with Tomtits to be counted this time to compare with that historical data. Robins were to be counted also for good measure as although these had not been present since the 1890s our translocations in 2005 and 2009 to the Ark had led to some dispersal. The Whitehead monitoring technique finally approved by the Department of Conservation was that the tracks were to be surveyed at much the same time on one day. Stopping at intervals along each track the monitors were to listen for Robin or Tomtit calls then using playback calls of Whitehead, await any response. Showing that the survey technique was workable, one group heard a single Whitehead and another on a different

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track saw a group of three. As well, Tomtits were seen on every one of the survey tracks indicating they were also more established than 20 years ago. A Robin noted on one track meant that this first survey was a great success. Five-minute bird counts (5MBCs) have been used in New Zealand since the 1970s. The method involves standing at a point for five minutes and recording how many birds are seen and heard and the species. The method is generally used for forest birds. The purpose of monitoring is two-fold: 1. To identify bird species and to note their conservation threat rankings. 2. To measure changes in bird conspicuousness, seasonally and over time. Changes in bird conspicuousness may partly be attributable to trapping efforts to reduce numbers of animal pests, especially stoats, rats and possums. Monitoring needs to be applied consistently so that the data collected is accurate and the monitoring procedure can be replicated over time. This approach enables a local pattern of changes and trends to be established that will be helpful for conservation management. The “five-minute count method” is used for measuring the conspicuousness of birds. This method has been applied throughout New Zealand for over 35 years and although there have been minor changes it is still regarded as a best practice standard. A strength of the method is its simplicity. The “fiveminute count method” is regarded as an index measure of bird conspicuousness. Rather than measuring the actual density or abundance of birds directly, an index records some of the individuals present and uses this measure to infer density, or abundance. For the opportunity to see the our wonderful work to monitor birds in the Waitakere ranges, and to go on the Walking Waitakere Wednesday Walks series, please email me on:

Gary Hauseman who is walking the world and so far has walked about 25,467 miles across USA, Europe, United Kingdom, Central America, South America, Australia and New Zealand. He has about 14,000 miles to walk across Asia, Africa and South America to break the Guiness Book World Record set by Arthur Blessit. Here are his experiences walking starting from Arizona Ecuador and Peru.


ust finished up working the summer at the Marriott Courtyard at Page, Arizona, and ready for my next big walk. Leaving Page, Arizona October 28th 2013 and walking south for Phoenix. Just going to amble along and enjoy myself, no hurry, no worries, as the Australians say. Will probably do a loop around southern Arizona to Phoenix, and then fly to Cuenca, Ecuador to continue my walk through South America. I stopped my journey across Ecuador after I ran into some problems five or six years ago. Will take a break for Thanksgiving to spend time with family, then another break for Christmas to go back to Page Arizona and spend it with family. Hoping to walk all the way to Lima Peru on this trip. Looks like about 1400 miles on the mountain route. The coast route is shorter but goes through mostly desert with long stretches of no towns. So about 90 days at 15

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the World mpd. Also need to look into how I take my IPhone with me. Started a Facebook page just last year. I have a smart phone with camera now that I can post photos on my Facebook page with. So I think I will continue writing a two or three page article and emailing it out to all my email friends and posting it on my website every two or three weeks. Also I will take photos every day when I see something interesting and post it on my Facebook page with a short note. So feel free to check out my Facebook page and friend me, gary walkingman hause, page arizona. Will have to see how my service plan is and how often I will be able to send updates to Facebook and my website. The rest of this article is just basic info I include every year on how I do my walk, so feel free to skip it if you have already read my yearly pre walk articles. So far I have walked about 25,467 miles across the USA, Europe, UK, Mexico, Central America, South America, Australia, and New Zealand. I have about 14,000 more miles to walk across Asia, Africa, and South America to break the Guinness Book World Record of 38,000 miles for walking around the world, set by Arthur Blessit ( Although they no longer list his world walking record in their book every year, they skipped five years, then put it in the 2007 edition with a photo of him dragging his cross. Plus he is still walking about one month a year dragging a big wooden cross and preaching about Jesus and adding to his total. So I might have a hard time catching up with him and passing him till he quits walking. There is also several other people walking the world that have websites that I will include in a later article. Every night right after sunset I pitch my tent just off the road and get a good nights

“Older & Bolder” by Judith Doyle Published by New Holland Publishers. Send cheque for $25 (this includes P&P) to: Judith Doyle, #3, 14 Oriental Terrace, Oriental Bay, Wellington.

By Gary Hauseman

sleep. Up one hour before sunrise every morning, I cook up a single pot of oatmeal, with two eggs, instant coffee, sugar and sometimes chocolate stirred in, while lying in my sleeping bag. Then I break camp and start walking just about as the sun rises. Usually I average about 15 to 20 miles a day, stopping to shop for food, take rest breaks, talk to locals, go swimming, and enjoy observing the local plants, animals, and people. Lots of nice people stop to talk and ask me what I am doing. People are always giving me food, drink, advice, and sometimes invite me into their home for a home cooked meal, hot shower, and to stay over. Always makes me appreciate my favorite things in life, a hot shower, home cooked meal, and friendly people. I usually eat about 4000 to 5000 calories a day(about $5 to $8 a day) to keep me going. Yogurt, oatmeal, sugar (for my oats, coffee, and sun tea), eggs, apples, V-8, bananas, oranges, cookies, dates, raisins, and lots of sun tea. I push a three-wheel baby stroller made by Runabout Stollers in Aloha Oregon (, loaded with all my gear. I emailed the company about buying a new stroller and after finding out that I had been using one of their strollers the last 10 years to walk around the world they gave me a free stoller. Tent, sleeping bag, clothes, food, water, computer, and radio, usually about 60 to 85 pounds. The wheels that came with the stroller were a little to narrow for going off road, they tended to sink into the sand when I go offroad to camp every night. So Vance Swartz at Lakeside bikes here in Page helped me convert from 20 by 1 inch to 24 by 2.25 wheels for the back and from 16 by 1 inch to 20 by 1.75 for the front wheel. Vance also does tours of the local slot canyons and has lots of great photos of the Lake Powell area on his website at www.hummer . With my Gore-Tex suit and wool pants and sweater on, I can walk through any cold weather. Also using Udderly Smooth Udder Cream on my feet to keep them blister free. Wal-mart sells it in their pharmacy dept. I have Teva walking sandals with me, running shoes, and Hi Tec hiking boots with me this year. I also got some free sun protection shirts, hats and pants from a great company in Australia . I write a article every three weeks about my journey on my iPad computer and post it with photos on my website at I have a iPhone 5 smartphone with camera, so I should be able to post more recent photos on my new Facebook page. Lots of people ask me why I am walking around the world. I tell them I am doing it for fun, adventure, exercise, and a cheap way to see the world. Every day I get to see the sun rise and set, meet lots of nice people, get lots of good exercise, and something unusual happens to me everyday. You never know what’s going to happen, whom you will meet, or what the weather will be like. It always reminds me of reading my favorite books like “The Hobbit”by JRR Tolkien, “Walk Across America” by Peter Jenkins, “Siddharta” by Herman Hesse, “Illusions” by Richard Bach. You never know what kind of adventure you will have, what you will learn, who you will meet, or how your life will be changed. . Always nice to lay down in my tent after a full day of walking, watch the moon and stars, and think about what happened over the course of the day, and eat a hot filling meal of ramen noodles and eggs. Email me at, or from my website at If you have any questions or comments about my walk. I always enjoy hearing from anybody that is interested in my world walk and always take the time to answer all emails as soon as I can. I might take a while to answer as it will be a long way between towns with Wi-Fi reception for my computer, but be patient and I will answer all emails.

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CONTENTS for previous 14 issues JANUARY 192 2014 4 Walk Talk 6 New Zealand Walk:Pekepeka Wetland restored 8 Overseas Walks: Take a high country walking holiday this summer 9 New Zealand Walks: Goldfield Cavalcades - have come a long way since 1991 10 New Zealand Walks: Four forests of the Far North 11 Book:Our Mountains 12 New Zealand Walk: Exploring the Manawatu Gorege Track 14 New Zealand Walk: New Tawa Track - an alternative Gorge track 16 New Zealand Walk: Sesquicentennial Track Southland 20 New Zealand Walk: Tuatapere Hump Ridge Track 26 New Zealand Walk: Carter Scenic Reserve 28 Overseas Walks: Earth Sea, Sky - Costa Rica 30 Overseas Walk: Following in Wainwrights steps 34 Event: Mahi Aroha doing it for conservation 36 Overseas Walks ands Tours 38 New Zealand Walks: Walk Clutha country’s golden trails 43 Health: Have you an Iodine deficiency? 44 New Zealand Coming Events 46 Overseas Coming Events 46 Nordic Walking 48 Event: Head2Head 49 Window on Waitakere: Reality shows 50 Contents for previous 14 issues 51 Weather forecast for January 56 Country Breaks 59 Green Prescription 60 The Great NZ Trek DECEMBER 2013 191 4 Walk Talk 6 New Zealand Walk:Ballroom overhang 10 New Zealand Walk: Rangiwahia Track upgrade 12 New Zealand Walks: Waitahinga Trails - walks worth doing 13 New Zealand Walk: Motukiore Island Track 14 New Zealand Walks:Catlins Capers 16 New Zealand Walk: Wairongomai Valleys walk 17 Books:A Walk a Day 365 short walks in New Zealand 18 Digital Photo Contest winners 20 Overseas Walks: Ireland’s Dingle Way 24 Window on Waitakere: Reality shows 25 Product Marketplace: Walking great for your joints 26 Event: Walking event exceeds expectations 27 Health: Heat injury during exercise 30 Overseas Walks: Australia’s Heysen Trail - a work in art 35 Overseas Walks: Embrace the great outdoors in Tasmania 38 New Zealand Walk: Hogs Back Track 40 Event: Rotorua Marathon to celebrate 50 years 42 Training: Preparing to trek at high altitudes 43 Product Marketplace:Sketchers Summer Collection 44 New Zealand Coming Events 46 Overseas Coming Events 48 Event: Cadburys Dunedin Marathon events 51 Weather forecast for December 56 Country Breaks 59 Night-time walking marathon 60 Green Prescription NOVEMBER 2013 190 4 Walk Talk 6 New Zealand Walks:Mistic Mountain - Paul Rush finds picture perfect Mt Taranaki can be moody and mistic 10 New Zealand Walk: Ian Wells Track 11 My Favourite Walk:The Kepler Track 61km circular track 12 Event: The Great New Zealand Trek - Alfredton to Lake Ferry 16 New Zealand Walk:Kingston

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Reserve walk 17 Books:A Walk a Day 365 short walks in New Zealand 18 Digital Photo Contest winners 20 New Zealand Walks: Cape Kidnappers- Gannet Reserve an unique walk 24 New Zealand Walks: Stewart Island wilderness experience with Ruggedy Range 26 News:A trek with a big difference 27 Overseas Walks: iWalk your way around Dublin? 28 Health:The IN Generation 29 Window on Waitakere: Senior citizens 32 Overseas Walks: Labrador Nature & Coastal walk 36 Books:Molesworth - stories from New Zealand’s largest high country station 37 New Zealand Guided Walks: New guided walks aimed at New Zealanders 40 Readers View: Side effects from some medications 40 New Zealand Walk: Takaro Trails Hawkes Bay new 3 day walk 42 New Zealand Walks: Improvements to enhance Kapiti Island visitor experience 43 Product Marketplace:Kiwi farmers making mihi Merino socks 44 New Zealand Coming Events 46 Overseas Coming Events 49 Cycling Tours: Molesworth Station “It’s like biking through a Constable painting” 51 Weather forecast for November 52 Directory: Walking groups throughout NZ 56 Country Breaks 60 New Zealand Great Trek OCTOBER 2013 189 4 Walk Talk 6 New Zealand Walks:A challenge through the most spectacular scenery 8 New Zealand Walks: Waiheke Festival caters for all fitness types 10 New ZealandWalks: The Night Time Kiwi Walk 14 New Zealand Walks:The original Pink Star Walk is back 14 Cycling Tours: Striving for calorie-credit cycling the Tasman Great Taste Trail 16 New Zealand Walk:Glenham tunnel - part of rich rail history in Southland 18 Digital Photo Contest winners 20 New Zealand Walks: Lots of charm on Stewart Island 26 Health: Have a backup plan 27 Event: What is the Head2Head Walk? 30 Overseas Walks: Spain’s Crazalema National Park 33 Overseas Walk: On an Elephant walk 34 Overseas Walk:Mary Caincross Scenic Reserve 36 New Zealand Walk: Ashburton/ Hakatere River Trail 37 Overseas Walks and Tours 38 Event: Blackmores XTERRA Trail Challenge 39 Product Marketplace: Ease pains and strains naturally 40 Window on Waitakere: Bird count 40 New Zealand Walk: Kiwi Ranger launched in Manawatu 41 News: Slice of Banks Peninsula bought for all to enjoy 42 Product Marketplace: Walking with a spring in your step 43 Around the Clubs: Beach, paddocks and history for July outing 44 New Zealand Coming Events 47 Overseas Coming Events 48 Nordic Walking 49 Event: Manawatu Striders events 51 Weather forecast for October 56 Country Breaks 60 Napier City Half Marathon SEPTEMBER 2013 188 4 Walk Talk 6 New Zealand Walks: New multiday walk for Auckland 9 New ZealandCycling: Wineries, hot pools in the Hurunui 10 New Zealand Walks: Tim and I

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and a cat named Mimi walk Matatea 14 New Zealand Walk: Feast your eyes on the Abel Tasman Coastal Track 17 New Zealand Walk:A slice of paradise on The Tararua Walk 18 Digital Photo Contest winners 20 Event: Waiheke walking event wins prestigious award 22 New Zealand Walks: Exploring an untouched land 25 Window on Waitakere: Kokako updated 26 News: Walking is the most popular activity 28 Event: By bus, train and foot 30 Overseas Walk: Positano - a town of a thousand steps 36 Overseas Walks: Six spectacular coastal walks on the Amalfi Coast 36 Overseas Walks and Tours 38 Health: Measuring physical decline 39 Books: New look guide to the region’s tracks and trails 40 New Zealand Walk: Ghosts and gold dust 44 New Zealand Coming Events 48 Nordic Walking 49 New Zealand Walks: Warkworth Walks - five years of walks worth doing 50 Contents for previous 14 issues 51 Weather forecast for September 56 Country Breaks 59 Green Prescription 60 Walking Stars AUGUST 2013 187 4 Walk Talk 6 New Zealand Walks: Korokoro Dam walks 9 New Zealand Walk:Greenstone Caples Track more accessible 10 New Zealand Walks: My trip to Moturua Island 14 Around the clubs: Oldest NZ outdoor club has something for everyone17 Health: Do you get RLS 18 Digital Photo Contest winners 20 New Zealand walk: Ahuriri Estuary a sanctuary for wading birds 24 New Zealand Walk: Roydon Downs a great little farm walk 26 Overseas Walk: Gibraltar is very easy to walk around 29 Overseas Walk: The Larapinta Trail - a colourful experience 34 New Zealand Walk: Lake Hayes Track popular with locals 36 Overseas Walks and Tours 38 Overseas Walks: Guided walking holidays in Germany 40 New Zealand Walk: Harataonga Coastal Walkway 42 Window on Waitakere: Feeding frenzy 43 Event: Cadbury Dunedin Marathon now in its 34th year 44 New Zealand Coming Events 48 Overseas Coming Events 51 Weather forecast for August 56 Country Breaks 60 Walking Stars JULY 2013 186 4 Walk Talk 6 New Zealand Walks: On foot in Central Hawkes Bay - The Sea, Sky and Bush walks 2013 9 Health:Free your feet and banish limiting back pain 10 New Zealand Walks: Beachcombing at Elliot Bay 14 New Zealand Walk: A walk back in time 17 Great Walks: Greatest season for Fiordland Great Walks 18 Digital Photo Contest winners 20 New Zealand walk: Tongariro Alpine Crossing reopened 20 Event: Walk your way to a birthday bash 22 Readers views: Blood pressure medications 23 Books: The Way It Was 24 Event: Great Forest events 26 My favourite walk: Raumati South to Wanganui along the beach in five days 28 Overseas Tours: Tour gives different German experiences 30 New Zealand walk: Nugget Point walk 34 New Zealand walk: Around the shores of Lake Tarawera

36 Overseas Walks and Tours 38 Overseas Walks: Australia’s Glass House Mountains 41 Health: Putting the adventure back into exercise 42 Window on Waitakere: More Whiteheads released 43 Event: Night-time walking for a good cause 44 New Zealand Coming Events 48 Overseas Coming Events 51 Weather forecast for July 56 Country Breaks 60 Walking Stars JUNE 2013 185 4 Walk Talk 6 New Zealand Walks: The Waikato River Trail - creating great memories malong the way 10 New Zealand Walks:Waitangi: Forest to Ferns and Riverside Ramble 12 New Zealand Walks: Lake Coleridge becoming a popular destination for walkers 14 New Zealand Walk: Winter Wither Hills walking 17 Great Walks: Nine Great Walks in nine weeks 17 New Zealand walk: Moncktons Scenic Reserve 18 Digital Photo Contest winners 20 My favourite walk: Waitaki Valley vistas 24 Te Araroa Trail: First half on Paekakariki Escarpment Track open 26 Overseas Walks: Croatia’s contrary walks 29 Event: Challenge yourself in Wellington in June 29 Event: IIawarra Fly Treetop Walk turns five 30 Overseas Walk: The Great Ocean Walk - realisation of a dream 36 Overseas Walks and Tours 38 New Zealand Walk: Whirinaki Night Life Walk 39 Readers’ views: 40 Health: Eight secrets for a long and healthy life 42 Window on Waitakere: Bird song on popular walk 43 Event: Christchurch Marathon returning to pre quake entries 43 My Favourite Walk:Mount Manaia Track 44 New Zealand Coming Events 48 Nordic Walking 51 Weather forecast for June 56 Country Breaks 60 Wellington Marathon MAY 2013 184 4 Walk Talk 6 New Zealand Walks: The pioneer walk - bush, sand and history 10 New Zealand Walks: Ngatuhoa Lodge - a winter weekend adventure 12 New Zealand Walks: Lake Coleridge becoming a popular destination for walkers 13 New Zealand Walk: Godley Head Track - back up and running 14 New Zealand Walk: Mt Kaukau a walk with magnificent views 17 Great Walks: More people talking on DOC’s Great Walks 18 Digital Photo Contest winners 20 New Zealand Walk: Brills Hut one of DOC’s best kept secrets 22 My Favourite Walk: Decisions, dangers and deviations on the Heaphy Track 25 New Zealand Walk: Lake Coleridge becoming a popular destination for walkers 26 New Zealand Walk: Meandering to magical Munro Beach 29 Product Marketplace: Skechers gives walkers a new way to go 30 Overseas Walk: Zagoria - one of the world’s hidden treasures 35 Event: Great turnout for Round the Bays 36 Overseas Walks and Tours 38 New Zealand Walk: Blenheim’s riverside and hillside walks 40 Window on Waitakere: Los Voluntarios Mexicanos 40 New Product: Portable water filter - ideal for bush walking 41 Health: Monitoring high blood pressure 42 Long Walk: Walking the world Nogales to Gila Bend 44 New Zealand Coming Events 51 Weather forecast for May 56 Country Breaks 60 Wellington Marathon

APRIL 2013 183 4 Walk Talk 6 Great Walks: The Abel Tasman Coastal Walk 11 Event: Te Araroa Kids mark their achievement 12 Event: Great Barrier Island Walking Festival 14 Event: Rotorua Marathon oldest in Oceania 15 New Zealand Walk: New loop track opens in Manawatu Gorge 18 Digital Photo Contest winners 20 New Zealand Walks: Whananaki Coast Walkway and Tutukaka Lighthouse 22 New Zealand Walk: Church Bay Track an island art trail 26 New Zealand Walk: Urupukapuka Island: an unspoiled paradise 28 Overseas Walk: Maroochy Wetland Sanctuary 30 Event: Taieri Gorge Rail Walk 32 Overseas Walk: Crete’s Samaria Gorge - a most spectacular walk 34 Event:BIG WALK aims to keep Kiwi kids on track 35 Podiatry: Knee pain with walking up or down stairs 36 Overseas walks and tours 38 Event: Striders Super Seven Series 40 Window on Waitakere: Helping hand 40 Event: Sunrise Walk for Hospice 40 Health: Advice for a man doing an ultra marathon 42 Overseas Walks: Exploring Ireland’s Skellig Islands 44 New Zealand coming events 56 Country Breaks 60 Hastings Half Marathon MARCH 2013 182 4 Walk Talk 6 Great Walks: The Heaphy Track 10 Event: New walks planned in walking festival 11 Event: ECHO Walking Festival 12 Overseas Walks: County Clares ‘Eden’ - a walkers paradise 12 Overseas Walks: Sidetracks Germany 14 Te Araroa Trail: Wilderness run for Project Crimson 15 New Zealand Walks: Exploring Egmont National Park and Mt Taranaki 16 New Zealand Walks: Lake Hood Trail 18 Digital Photo Contest winners 20 Event: Go one step beyond this April - Great Barrier Island Walking Festival 23 Te Araroa Trail: The power of walking 24 Event: High Country Musterers Walk 26 New Zealand Walk: Behind the scenes on the Banks Peninsula Track 30 Overseas Walks: The giants of Girraween 34 Event: Sea, Sky and Bush event so much more than a walk 35 Podiatry: In toeing and out toeing in children 36 Overseas walks and tours 38 New Zealand Walks: Exploring the Bay of Island’s Kauri Ridge 40 Window on Waitakere: Joining the dots 40 Health: Strong feet by running barefoot in childhood 42 Long Walk: Walking the World 44 New Zealand coming events 51 Weather forecast for March 56 Country Breaks 60 High Country Musterers Walk FEBRUARY 2013 181 4 Walk Talk 6 Great Walks: The Milford Track the finest walk in the world 10 Great Walks: The Kepler Track - an adventure above the clouds 13 Great Walks: Aurora australis -Looking for the Southern Lights 16 Overseas Walks: Italian delight - Two weeks of walking, wine and food 18 Digital Photo Contest winners 20 Event: Mangawhai Walking Weekend 22 Event: Amazing adventure for KiwiSeniors 24 Event: Shouting out about the Bay of Islands Walking weekend 26 Overseas Walks: The TarkineTrail - a rainforest paradise

30 Overseas Walks: Alsace walk has something of the feel of a pilgrimage 35 The Country and Outdoor Recreation Calendar 36 Overseas walks and tours 38 New Zealand Walks: Walking cavalcades 40 Window on Waitakere: Home grown 41 Health: Not healthy to go on a fat-free diet 42 Long Walk: Walking the World 44 New Zealand coming events 51 Weather forecast for February 56 Country Breaks 60 Sterling Sports Half Marathon JANUARY 2013 180 4 Walk Talk 6 New Zealand Walk: Sanctuary of silence 9 Product Marketplace: Summer skin protection 10 Great Walks: The Kepler Track - an adventure above the clouds 13 Great Walks: The Routeburn Track - beautiful beyond words 17 Books: Calling them home, Untamed Coast, 18 Digital Photo Contest winners 20 Overseas Walks: Noosa - a walk in the park 25 Event: A walk for all the family 26 Overseas Walks: The Inca Trail and beyond 29 New Zealand Walk: Solitude on Drift Bay walking track 30 New Zealand Walks: Take a hike and discover Queenstown this summer 34 New Zealand Walk: My idea of a real holiday! 36 Overseas walks and tours 38 New Zealand Walk: New track at Mangawhai 40 Window on Waitakere: Deep mineral mystery 41 Health: Start walking before you get pregnant 42 New Zealand Walk: Schnell Wetlands new walk 43 New Zealand Walks: Untouched tussock on Fairlie alpine country track 44 Event: A shinning response to a stormy day 45 Podiatry: Differences in leg length common 46 New Zealand coming events 51 Weather forecast for January 56 Country Breaks 60 Waiheke Wharf to Wharf DECEMBER 2012 179 4 Walk talk 6 New Zealand walk: Whareama Wonderland! 8 Window on Waitakere: The first Kokako nest in 80 years! 8 New Zealand walk: Secret Art Walk 10 Overseas walks: Australia’s Big 10 14 Great Walks: Whanganui Journey - a personal perspective 17 Books: Exploring Aotearoa 18 Digital Photo Contest winners 20 Overseas walks: Newfoundland - a new global hotspot 22 New Zealand walks: Te Puia Lodge and the hot springs 26 New Zealand walks: Dargaville groups adventure in Bay of Islands 28 New Zealand walks: Headland Sculpture on the Gulf - a walking event 26 Overseas walk: Alaska, Canada and the bears! 33 Global search for the Great Walker 34 High achievers: Up the river and down the river with the River Queens 36 High achiever: Dan’s 2km triumph 38 Event: Moro Marathon events 40 New Zealand walks: Mangakino - the secret’s out 40 Health: Adrenal fatigue - today no reference in text books 42 New Zealand walks: Great walking in the Wellington region this Summer 44 New Zealand walks: Walking surprises at Tuatapere 45 Podiatry: Socks,socks, socks 50 Weather forecast for December 50 Event: Damp and wet conditions for marathon entrants 51 Marketplace: Travel size Medicine Kit 56 Country Breaks 60 Pak a Roo Jackets


Daily Summary Warm in the north and west, cool in South Canterbury, coastal Southland and Otago Overall, North Island is drier than average but South Island wetter. Wetter North Island regions may be Waikato through to Central Plateau and parts of lower North Island. Driest may be Northland and Auckland. In South Island wetter may be West Coast, South Canterbury, Lakes and parts of inland Otago. Driest may be parts of Canterbury, Marlborough and Inland Otago. The North Island enjoys average sunshine but South Island may be sunnier. While both islands overall have average temperatures it may be warmer in north and south of North Island and west and south of South Island. Localised flooding may occur around the kingtide time of 28th. 1st – 10th February 2014 Northeasterlies prevail at first as an intense anticyclone lies east of New Zealand. A depression intensifies on 3rd as it moves south over Raoul Island. 1st February 2014 Possible high temperature in Ashburton. 1st-7th February 2014 Storm of tropical origin threatens Gisborne and Hawkes Bay and brings heavy rainfall. Chance of surface flooding in Gisborne around 7th. 5th February 2014 Possible low temperatures at the Chateau. 5th February 2014 Storm lies northeast of Gisborne. 6th-10th February 2014 Southeasterlies affect the north and east of the NI while high pressure and northeasterlies prevail over the SI. 11th February 2014 Over the next four weeks, dry weather continues in North Canterbury, wet in central and eastern North Island regions, sunny in the south and west of South Island. The next four weeks may be warm in the north and west of both islands, particularly at night. Very dry conditions continue in North Canterbury with contrasting conditions along the South Canterbury coast and over much of North Island, where rainfall may be above average. Southeasterlies produce a mostly cloudy four weeks for Gisborne, while easterlies bring continued sunny weather to the West Coast. These patterns arise from more frequent depressions over North Island giving more frequent easterly to southeasterly airflows. Mean temperatures over this period may be above average in eastern Northland, Auckland, Bay of Plenty and Westland by at least a degree and by about a half a degree in most other regions. However, cooler conditions may prevail in the south of South Island by half a degree below average in inland Southland, Otago and South Canterbury, and at least a degree below the average in inland South Canterbury Lakes and the Mackenzie Basin. Cloudy skies may again prevail on North Island east coast, particularly Gisborne, while sunny skies prevail on the West Coast, especially in Buller. It also may be sunnier than usual in western North Island regions as well as Otago and Southland. 11th-19th February 2014 Northerlies at first then westerlies. 17th February 2014 A depression tracks across the SI followed by southeasterlies. Possible high temperature at Christchurch and Whangarei. 17th-18th February 2014 Chance of heavy rainfall with surface flooding in coastal South Canterbury, particularly around or just south of Ashburton. Geraldine and Timaru foothills may also be affected. Heavy rainfall may also occur at this time in Wellington and Porirua. 20th-27th February 2014 Warm northeasterlies ahead of a trough. 25th February 2014 Change to cool southerly. 27th February 2014 Anticyclonic conditions. 28th-2nd March 2014 Disturbed northwesterlies followed by cool southwesterlies. Allow 24-hr error to all forecasts. Skewing may occur around 1st (new moon), 12th (apogee), 15h (full moon) and 28th (perigee)

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WHANGAREI KIWI SENIORS WALKING GROUP: Monday (AM), Lee Taylor 09-4303470 CARDIAC CARE WALKING GROUP: Wednesday (AM or PM), Jo or Hugh Knight 09-438-7976 KIWI SENIORS WALKING GROUP: Monday (AM), Kensington Reception, 09-437-4404 GREEN PRESCRIPTION WALKING GROUPS: 0800-228-483 HARRIERS WALKING GROUP: Tuesday (AM), Wednesday (PM), Thursday (AM), Val Babe 09-437-1657 HIKURANGI WALKING GROUP: Tuesday (PM) KAMO 60’s UP: Monday, Thursday (AM), Yvonne 09-435-1101 KENSINGTON WALKING GROUP: Tuesday Thursday (PM), Sport Northland 09-437-4404 TIKIPUNGA WALKING GROUP: Tuesday (AM), Barbara Derrick 09435-0746 WAIPU WALKING GROUP: Wednesday (AM) WHANGAREI ATHLETICS CLUB WALKING GROUP: Wednesday (PM) (BIA), Tuesday Thursday (AM), Saturday (PM) Morris or Shirley Gray 09-436-1524 WHANGAREI TRAMPING CLUB: Sue Guyatt 09-436-1441


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AUCKLAND CENTRAL AUCKLAND YMCA MARATHON CLUB, (Walkers Section), Sunday (AM), Helen Meyer 09-815-1444 AUCKLAND CATHOLIC TRAMPING CLUB: Sarah Hart 09-625-7891, AUCKLAND WALKERS & JOGGERS CLUB: Tuesday, Thursday (PM), Sunday (AM), (BIA), Bev Horton 09-625-5329 AUCKLAND PRESBYTERIAN HARRIER & WALKING CLUB: Ray Vickers 09-576-6906 AUCKLAND BAPTIST TRAMPING CLUB: Sunday Monthly (PM), (BIA), John McCarthy 09-630-4073 AUCKLAND PRESBYTERIAN HARRIER CLUB: John Yolland 09-5769807 RACEWALKING AUCKLAND: Sunday (AM), Grant 09-299-5634, AUCKLAND TRAMPING CLUB: Doug Astley 09-620-4923 AUCKLAND UNIVERSITY TRAMPING CLUB: Michelle Lee 09-358-1296 BLOCKHOUSE BAY COMMUNITY CENTRE: Len Govind 09-627-9911 ELLERSLIE Y’S WALKING CLUB: Olive Andrews 09-634-4148 EAST AND BAYS RUNNERS & WALKERS: Glendowie, Saturday, Sally 09-522-5321 EPSOM Y’s COMMUNITY CENTRE WALKERS: Tuesday/Thursday (AM), Don Hay 09-636-9730 LYNFIELD Y’S WALKING CLUB: Mt Roskill, Sunday (AM), Marlene 09-827-2737, Danny 09-627-9993 MT ALBERT Y’s WALKING GROUP: Tuesday Friday, (AM), 09-8460788 MT ROSKILL COMMUNITY HOUSE: Theresa McDonald, 09-624-3281 OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES CLUB AUCKLAND: Marshall Piecy 09-4453808, ST HELIERS HIKERS: First/Third Wednesdays (all day), Glenn 09528-9726 WALKING CLUB: Graeme Easte, 09-376-5901 LES MILLS GYM: Seven days, (AM) (PM), (BIA), Powerwalking, Dave Buchan, 09-379-9590 STEP OUT WALKING GROUP: Thursday (AM), 09-379-2095 x 9704 WOMENS OUTDOOR PURSUITS INC: Tuesday, Thursday, Sunday, Anne 09-480-5424,

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NORTH SHORE 10,000 STEPS HARBOUR CLUB: Harbour Sport 09-415-4610 60’s UP TORBAY/BROWNS BAY: Wed (AM), Heather Jean Adams 09-478-2462 ABERDEEN ROAD WALKERS: Campbells Bay, Saturday (PM), Patsy Hulse 09-410-9353 BUSH WALK & TALK: Margi Keys, 09-443-6919 or 0274-481-581 NORTH SHORE TRAMPING CLUB: Lynda Langridge 09-4821320, BIRKENHEAD PROBUS CLUB: Albany, Tuesday (AM), Tracy Watson 09-414-5351 BROWNS BAY/TORBAY 60’s UP MOVEMENT: Wednesday (AM), Roy Urlic 09-473-8777 CALLIOPE ATHLETICS WALKERS & HARRIERS: Northcote, Wednesday (PM), Dave Pampitt 09-410-5287 DEVONPORT WALKERS: Bayswater, Tuesday Thursday Sunday (AM), Pat & Jim McKay 09-445-2743 DEVONPORT FRIDAY WALKING GROUP: Devonport, Friday (AM), Naomi Gardyne 09-445-4303 EAST COAST BAYS WALKERS: Browns Bay, Tuesday, Friday (AM), Pam Mattson 09-302-4882 or 021-268-4154, GREENHITHE WALKING GROUP: Greenhithe, Tuesday (AM), Marjorie Andrew 09-413-9065 HIGHBURY COMMUNITY HOUSE: Highbury, Thursday, Friday (AM), Judy Mayn 09-480-5279 MAIRANGI WALKING NETWORK: Mairangi Bay, Everyday (AM),

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RODNEY 10,000 STEPS HARBOUR CLUB: Harbour Sport 09-415-4610 ARIKI WALKERS: Snells Beach, Mondays (AM), Edna Prbert 09-4255928 HEALTH IN ACTION: (BIA), Susie George 09-426-1269 HELENSVILLE WALKERS: Helensville, Tuesday (AM), Malcolm Keane 09-420-8739 HIBISCUS COAST Y’S WALKERS: Sunday (AM), Wednesday (AM,PM), Kevin Tiller, 09-426-6461 LEISURE WALKERS: Whangaparaoa, Thursday (AM), Pam Jordan 021-136-6129, MONDAY NIGHTA, Orewa, Monday (PM), Laraine Chase 09-4279321 SCOTTS LANDING WALKING GROUP: RD2, Warkworth, Sunday (AM), Angela McIntyre 09-425-5854 SNELLS BEACH WALKING GROUP: Warkworth, Wednesay (AM), Jenny Burton 09-425-5583 WELLSFORD ROAD RUNNERS & JOGGERS: Second Sunday (AM), Thursday (AM), Robert Scott 09-425-8089 or Heather Rankin 09431-4692 WOMENS OUTDOOR PURSUITS INC: Tuesday, Thursday, Sunday, Anne 09-480-5424,

WAIHEKE ISLAND WAIHEKE ISLAND WALKING GROUP: Saturday (PM), Shaona Maddle, 09-372-6645

COUNTIES/MANUKAU PUKEKOHE JOGGERS & WALKING GROUP: Monday, Friday, Sunday (AM), 09-238-9820 WAIUKU WALKING GROUP: Information Centre, Monday, Wednesday, Friday (AM), ONEWHERO KIWISENIORS WALKING GROUP: Merlene, Walker, 09232-8844 PAPATOETOE Y’S WALKING GROUP: Monday, Wednesday, Friday (AM), Derek McKeen, 09-266-2304 PAKURANGA ATHLETIC CLUB: Tuesday, Thursday 9am (BIA), Linda Mitchell, 09-532-8442 PAKURANGA KIWISENIORS WALKING GROUP: Monday, Wednesday (AM), 09-576-9739 MANUKAU TRAMPING CLUB: Judith Walker, 09-296-6977 MANUREWA Y’S WALKERS: Recreation Centre, MONDAY, WEDNESDAY, FRIDAY (AM), 09-267-4646 MANUREWA Y’S WALKING GROUP: Clendon Recreation Centre, Tuesday, Thursday (AM), 09-266-1100 MANUREWA COSMOPOLITAN CLUB WALKERS: Sunday (AM) HOWICK UXBRIDGE WALKERS: Monday, Thursday (AM), 09-5356467 HOWICK Y’S WALKERS: Tuesday, Thursday (AM), 09-534-5153 PUKEKOHE TRAMPING CLUB: Mark Leys 09-294-8927 TOI TOI TREKKERS TRAMPING CLUB: Colin Johnstone 09-535-6231

WAIKATO HAMILTON FRANKTON ATHLETIC & HARRIER CLUB: Wednesday, Saturday, (PM), (BIA), Heather Purdie-Raill, 07-847-5639 NAWTON WALKING GROUP: Rene Smyth, 07846-3245 CENTRAL LAKE WALKING GROUP: Monday, WEdnesday Friday (AM), Nella Barron 07-846-3103 CHARTWELL WALKING GROUP: Monday (AM), Carrie Haak 07-8554281 DINSDALE WALKING GROUP: Monday (AM), Val Russell 07-847-6539



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ENDERLEY WALKING GROUP: Tuesday (AM), Leonie Smith 07-8552224 HAMILTON EAST WALKING GROUP: Wednesday (AM), Irene Millar 07-855-6848 HILLCREST WALKING GROUP: Monday Wednesday Friday (AM), Nell Bradburn 07-856-3787 MEMORIAL PARK WALKING GROUP: Thursday (AM), Maureen Doms 07-855-2497 NAWTON WALKING GROUP: Monday Tuesday (AM), Roslynn Billman 07-847-4873 SILVERDALE WALKING GROUP: Sister Anne Marie Jones 07-8568980 CLAUDELAND WALKING GROUP: Friday (AM), Irene Millar 07-8556848 FLAGSTAFF WALKING GROUP: Monday Wednesday Friday (AM), Gillian Bartram 07-854-0069 WESTFIELD MALL WALKING GROUP: Tuesday (AM) Westfield Mall Chartwell HAMILTON MARATHON CLINIC:Tuesday (PM), Sunday (AM), Sharon 07-854-9214 TOD SQUAD: Friday (AM), Julie 07-829-4579 Y’s WALKERS: Monday, Wednesday, Friday (AM) MONDAY BUSHTRAMPERS: Monday, Marian 07-828-9029 BREAKAWAYS BUSH WALKING & TRAMPING CLUB: Diana Ammann 07-823-6147 WAIKATO TRAMPING CLUB: or Stu Kneebone 07827-3097 WANDERERS TRAMPING CLUB: Colin 07-855-1335

CAMBRIDGE CAMBRIDGE WALKING GROUP: Monday, Wednesday (AM), Sharon Woodings, 07-827-6033 LEAMINGTON WALKING GROUP: Wednesday (AM), Sharon Woodings, 07-827-6033


MATAMATA MATAMATA WALKERS: Tuesday, Friday (AM), Ruth Stanley 07-8809088 MATAMATA TRAMPING & WALKING GROUP: Shirley Hickson 07888-6054

MORRINSVILLE MORRINSVILLE WALKERS: Wednesday (AM), Ruth Stanley 07880-9088


PAEROA PAEROA WALKING GROUP: Monday, Wednesday (AM), Elaine Lally 07-862-8409 PAEROA LUNCH WALKERS: Monday Wednesday Friday, Julie Stephenson 07-867-7011


PIOPIO SILVERADOS EXERCISE GROUP: Wednesday (PM), June O’Donoghue, 07-877-8492

TAIRUA TAIRUA WALKING GROUP: Tuesday, Thursday, Mike Lord, 07-8686025

THAMES THAMES WALKING GROUP: Monday, Friday (AM), Mike Lord, 07868-6025

TAUPO TAUPO HARRIER CLUB WALKING SECTION: Saturday (PM), Wednesday (AM), Bernie Rolls 07-378-9229 TAUPO TRAMPING CLUB: Wednesday (AM), Thursday (AM), Weekends (AM or PM), Isabel Hutcheon 07-376-9319 MONDAY WALKERS: Monday (AM), (BIA), Betty Stockman 07378-4992 WAIORA WALKING GROUP: Wednesday, Friday (AM), Kaye Beatson 07-378-6957 WEDNESDAY WALKERS: Wednesday (PM), (I), 06-378-9229

TE AWAMUTU WALKING GROUP: Monday, Wednesday, Friday (AM), Jan Jefferies 07-889-7032 TE AWAMUTU MARATHON CLINIC: Wednesday (PM), Sunday (AM), (BIA), Ross Thomas 07-871-5022

WHANGAMATA ROAD RUNNERS & WALKERS: 07-865-6580 WHANGAMATA RAMBLERS: Ron Le Noel, 07-865-9475 WALK WHANGAMATA: Everyday (AM), from Surfclub WHANGA SENIOR WALKERS: Tuesday (AM), 07-865-7022



TWILIGHT WALKING GROUP: Monday, (PM), (BIA), Dede Downs, 07-878-7867

GISBORNE RUNNERS & WALKERS: Margaret Badger 06-868-4785

TOKOROA ALPINE CLUB:Midweek, Christine 07-886-7294





BRIDGET ROBERTSHAWES STUDIO OF FITNESS: Saturday (AM), (BIA), Bridget, 06-877-5285 FLAXMERE WALKING GROUP: Tuesday, Thursday (AM), (BI), Maisy 06-879-7077 HASTINGS WALKING GROUP: Monday (AM), (I), Eddy 06-876-3371 HASTINGS WALKING GROUP: Tuesday (PM), (BI), Templey 06-8730971 HAVELOCK NORTH WALKING GROUP: Monday (AM), (BI), Jane 06877-0017 HAVELOCK NORTH WALKERS: Wednesday (AM), (BI), Jeanette 06877-2114 HAVELOCK NORTH WALKING GROUP: Thursday (AM), Lyn 06-8777886 KIWI SENIORS: Eana Young 06-845-9333 x 708 RUN WALK HAWKES BAY: Wed (PM), Sunday (AM), Doug Clark 06878-2785,

COROMANDEL TOWN WALKERS: Tuesday, Thursday (AM) 07-8667101or 07-866-8560

KATIKATI KATIKATI TRAMPING CLUB: fortnightly weekends (AM), Maddy Pyle 07-552-0215

KAWERAU KAWERAU WALKERS: Kawerau, Thursday (AM), (B), Sport Bay of Plenty, 07-308-8304 HARRIERS WALKERS: Kawerau Thursday (PM), (A), Sport Bay of Plenty, 07-308-8304

ROTORUA CROSS COUNTRY WALKERS: Tuesday, Thursday, (AM), (A), 07 348-2538 LAKE CITY ATHLETIC CLUB WALKERS GROUP: Tueday, Thursday (PM), Sunday (AM), Colin Smyth 027-499-941,, GREEN PRESCRIPTION WALKING GROUP: TMonday and Thursday (AM), (B), Melissa Gordon 07-348-4125 HEART SUPPORT WALK GROUP: Tueday (AM), Wally Walford 07347-6173 MOKOIA COMMUNITY CENTRE WALKERS: Wednesday (AM), (B), Melissa Gordon 07 348 4125 SPRINGFIELD STROLLERS: Wednesday (AM), (BIA), Glenys Searancke 07-348-4243 ROTORUA TRAMPING & SKI CLUB: Sundays (AM), Trevor Cochrane 07-345-6362 ROTORUA SOCIAL NORDIC WALKING GROUP: Fridays (AM), Audrey 07-348-1471 ST BARNABAS WALKING GROUP: Friday (AM), (BIA), Joy Gordon 07-357-5744 THE THURSDAY STROLLERS: Thursday (AM), (B), Myrtle Raxworthy 07-346-3772 WALKING WITH JOY: Tuesday (AM), (BI), Joy Gordon 07-357-5744


TARADALE/GREEN MEADOWS WALKING GROUP: Monday (AM), (IA), Beverly Gillies 06-843-6805 TARADALE/SPORT HAWKES BAY WALKING GROUP: Tuesday (AM), (BI), Nga Gifford-Kara 06-845-9333

TARANAKI INDEPENDENT WALKERS TARANAKI: Saturday (PM). North: Ray/ Mary 06-756-7798. Central: Wallace/Nancye 06-762-2861. South: Alan/Jean 06-278-6846


TE PUKE WALKERS: Tuesday (AM), 07-573-8306

INGLEWOOD WALKING GROUP: Monday (AM), Maureen 06- 7567255

WAIHI STRIDERS: Wednesday (AM), Julie Stephenson 07-867-7011 WAIHI STROLLERS: Friday (AM), Julie Stephenson 07-867-7011 WAIHI MONDAY TRAMPING: Monday (AM), Marie 07-863-4633 or Barry 07-863-4597


SUNSHINE WALKING GROUP: Whakatane, Tuesday (AM), (I), Graham Thomas, 07-307-9800 HARRIERS WALKERS WHAKATANE: Saturday, (PM), (I), Noel Jones, 07-308-7101



TE AROHA WALKERS: Thursday (AM), Ruth Stanley 07-880-9088 TE AROHA TRAMPING CLUB: Every second Sunday, Judy Forsman 07-884-8841 TE AROHA TREKKERS: Wednesday (AM), Frances Harrison 07-8628184

We obtain information for this column from a large number of sources up to two years in advance and sometimes there are date changes etc that occur. If there are any changes in dates etc, we ask clubs to advise us direct.

AHURIRI WALKING GROUP: Friday (AM), (I), Beverly Gillies 06-8436805 NAPIER WALKING GROUP: Thursday (AM), (I), Lyn 06-835-7704 NAPIER SOUTH WALKING GROUP: Friday (AM), (B), Maria Rogers 06-843-1225 RUN WALK HAWKES BAY: Wed (PM), Sunday (AM), Mike Sheely 06-843-7804, Ys WALKERS: Tuesday, Thursday, Napier, Barry 06-844-3929 or Nola 06-843-7912





AGE CONCERN: Tauranga, Wednesday (AM), 07-578-2631 CITY ON ITS FEET: Days and areas, (BIA), Penny 07-578-9610 STEPPING OUT JOGGING CLUB: Monday, Wednesday, (AM), (IA), 07-544-0316 FOREST & BIRD SOCIETY: Secretary, Tauranga. branch, Tauranga HEALTHY HEART CLUB: Monday, Wednesday, Friday (AM), (B), YMCA, 07-578-5891 KAIMAI RAMBLERS TRAMPING GROUP: Wednesday, Roger 07-5441622 Y’s WALKERS: Monday, Wednesday, Friday (AM), YMCA, 07-5785891 MOUNT JOGGERS & WALKERS: Tuesday, Friday, Sunday, , ARTHRITIS FOUNDATION: MONDAY (AM) 07-576-2469 NORDIC WALKING AT THE MOUNT: Monday, Wednesday, Saturday, Steffi 07-574-7527 NORDIC WALKING IN TAURANGA: Monday, Wednesday, Mary 07577-0711 MT MAUNGANUI RSA WALKING CLUB: Tuesday, Thursday, Sundays (AM), (BIA), Kieran Jensen 07-572-0626 50 FORWARD WALKING GROUPS: Sport Bay of Plenty 07-578-0016 TAURANGA MID-WEEK TRAMPING GROUP: Lynda 07-552-5359 TAURANGA ROAD RUNNERS: Sunday (AM), Ross 07-576-4852 TAURANGA RAMBLERS: Malcolm 07-544-2369 or Rod Taylor 07576-4207 TAURANGA TRAMPERS NETWORK: Natalie Bird 07-576-0016 TAURANGA TRAMPING CLUB: Christine Rawnsley 07-578-9984 PAK N BOOTS: Eveie 027-434-7877 and Julie Fox , 021-215-8516


TE AWAMUTU TUESDAY TRAMPERS: Tuesday, Lesley 07-870-1973 or Kathy 07-870-2006




WHITIANGA WHITIANGA WALKING GROUP: Monday, Thursday (AM), Mike lord, 07-868-6025


CARRINGTON WALKING GROUP: Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Catherine McKee 06-753-3254 TIME FOR ME WALKS FOR WOMEN: Friday (AM), (I), Glenice 06758-3974 FRONT RUNNER GROUP: Monday (PM), (BIA), Kelvin & Michelle Giddy FITZROY WALKING GROUP: Monday, Wednesday, Friday (AM), (IA), Marlene 06-758-8749 or Marilyn 06-757-2022 WESTOWN WALKING GROUP FOR WOMEN: Monday, Wednesday, Friday (AM), (IA), Karen 06-751-1361 WEDNESDAY WALKERS: Wednesday (AM), Karen 06-751-1361 WALKERS IN THE PARK: Monday, (AM), (B), Dawn 06-758-6429 or Dorothy Humphries 06-751-0431 SPOTSWOOD WALKING GROUP: Monday, Wednesday, Friday (AM), (BI), Allie Fitzgibbon 06-751-2304 NEW PLYMOUTH JOGGERS & WALKERS CLUB: Sunday (AM), Wednesday (PM), TARANAKI RACE WALKING CLUB: Trevor Suthon, 06-758-0776 EGMONT ATHLETICS: Karen Green, 06-758-1569

INGLEWOOD INGLEWOOD WALKING GROUP: Monday (AM), (I), Maureen 06756-7255

STRATFORD STRATFORD RUNNERS & WALKERS CLUB: Saturday (PM), (BIA), Jill Gorrie 06-764-5088 STRATFORD WEDNESDAY WALKERS: Wednesday (AM), (BI), Ivan Coates 06-765-7212 or Wes Robinson 06-765-5242

HAWERA HAWERA WALKING GROUPO: Friday (AM), Nancy Riddick 06-2785784 PUSH PLAY WALKERS: Thursday (AM), Tuesday (PM), (BIA), Moira Koch, 0800-223-228

ELTHAM KIWI SENIORS WALKING GROUP: Monday (AM), (BIA), Maria Erkes 06-764-8984


WHANGAMATA WALKING GROUP: Thursday (AM), Mike Lord, 07868-6025

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RONA & GLAD’S WALK GROUP: Tuesday (AM), Rona Wright 06344-5434 WANGANUI HARRIER CLUB: Wednesdays, Saturday (PM), Secretary, P O Box 702, Wanganui, Perry Newburn 06-343-6484 SPORT WANGANUI CLUB GOLD: Tuesday, Thursday, (AM), Karen Buckholt 06-349-2315 WANGANUI MILLENNIUM WALKERS CLUB: Sunday (AM), Darol Pointon 06-345-3137

WAVERLEY SPORT WANGANUI CLUB GOLD: (AM), (BIA), Betty Morrison 06346-5613

OHAKUNE SPORT WANGANUI CLUB GOLD: Mondays (AM), Kerry Young 06385-4055

MARTON SPORT WANGANUI CLUB GOLD Wednesday (AM), Deane James 06-327-7607

MANAWATU PALMERSTON NORTH HOKOWHITU KIWI WALKERS: Tuesday, Thursday (AM), (I), Dorne Jarvis 06-357-2444 KELVIN GROVE WALKERS: Tuesday (PM), (I), Marjory Edmonds, 06354-3342 HOT-Whitu CHICKS Saturday, (AM), (BIA), MANAWATU STRIDERS: Tuesday, Thursday, (PM); Sunday (AM), Hockey Manawatu Pavillion, Manawaroa Street, (BIA), Alister Martin 06-353-7175 PALMERSTON NORTH JOGGERS & WALKERS: Esplanade,Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday (AM), (BI), Robyn McKey 06-354-9952. CLUB PED: Monday, Wednesday, (PM), (IA), Ongley Park; Saturday, (AM), Esplanade, (IA), David Young 06-356-7179 HEARTY STRIDERS: Thursday (PM), (BI), Esplanade, Adrienne Kennedy 06-350-8617 MASSEY WALKERS: Monday, Thursday, noon, Massey Recreation Centre, (BIA) Chin Diew Lai 06-350-5799 ext 2471 MANAWATU WALKWAYS PROMOTION SOCIETY’S MONTHLY WALKERS: Sunday (AM), (IA) Gillian Absolom 06-329-6898 METHODIST AGAPE FELLOWSHIP WALKERS: Wednesday (AM), (B), Lorna Goodwin, 06-358-2860 U3A Exploring Walkways: Thursday (PM), (B), Lynley Watson 06356-4384 WOMEN’S AFTER 5.30 WALKING GROUP: Tuesday, Thursday (PM), (I), Liz MacNeill 06-357-8216

FEILDING SENIOR WALKING GROUP: Tuesday, Thursday (AM), (BI), Gail Byrnes 06-323-5470

FOXTON FOXPEDS: Monday (PM), Foxton, Foxton Beach, (BIA), Dave Blackett, 06-363-5743, Michelle Duffy, 06-363-7987

LEVIN LEVIN HARRIER & WALKING CLUB: Saturday (PM), (BIA), Ivan Morgan 06-368-3622 WEDNESDAY LEISURE WALKERS: Wednesday (AM), (BIA), Lila McCall, 06-367-9070 LEVIN JOGGERS & WALKERS CLUB: Tuesday, Wednesday, Sunday, (BIA), Colleen Francis 06-368-8624


8799 TARARUA TRAMPING CLUB: WEA MIDWEEK WALKERS: Hanna Harwood WELLINGTON WEDNESDAY WALKERS: 04-388-1988 WELLINGTON CATHOLIC TRAMPING CLUB: 04-934-4729 WELLINGTON HARRIER ATHLETIC CLUB: Saturday (PM) mid March to mid October, (BIA), Veronica Gould WELLINGTON MARATHON CLINIC: Sunday (AM), (BIA), Toni 04478-9201 WELLINGTON MID-WEEK WALKERS: Tues, Thursday (PM), Bart Jones 04-477-3746 or David Lonsdale 04-977-8990 WELLINGTON NORDIC WALKERS: Rod McColl 04-526-6833

LOWER HUTT WALK FOR HEALTH: Wednesday (PM), Saturday (AM), Sunday (AM), (BIA), Jean 04-589-7887 or Dave 04-970-5133 POSITIVELY SLIM “Health for Life Walkers: Sunday (AM) Wednesday (PM) (BIA), Jim or Barbara Mobbs 04-566-2603 HUTT VALLEY WALKERS: Saturday (PM), Carol 04-586-7784 WALKING FOR PLEASURE: 60’s Plus, Melling, Molly Shephers, 04567-5727 WOMENS WALKING GROUP: Wainuiomata, every second Wednesday (PM), 04-564-6019 HUTT VALLEY TRAMPING CLUB: Weekend (AM), Dennis Page 04970-6901 TAKE HEART WALK GROUP: Monday (AM), (BI), Keith Millar, 04526-7440 LEISURE WALKERS: seniors, Tuesday (AM), Jean, 04-565-1918 HUTT VALLEY MARATHON CLINIC: Jenny Raymond, 04-569-6232 WALK WAINUI: Monday (AM), (BIA), Shirley 04-564-6179 EASTBOURNE WALK GROUP: Lesley O’Neil, Eastbourne ALICETOWN WALKING GROUP: 04-589-2646 KIWI MASTERS WALKERS: Richard Davies 04-566-1335 OLDER ADULTS – LEISURE WALKING GROUP: Judy 04-528-4445

PORIRUA FRIDAY WALKERS: Brian Grinstrup or Bruce Sheppard 04-237-6374 TAWA LINDEN HIKERS: 04-232-8705 WEA RAMBLERS: Muriel Thompson, Tawa TAWA/LINDEN WALKERS: Maurice 04-232-4407 or Claire 04-2328764

UPPER HUTT AURORA HARRIER CLUB: Peter Wrigley, TUESDAY TRIPPERS: Bill Thompson, 04-971-5123 FANTAIL HIKERS: Marg Eagles, Upper Hutt TRENTHAM UNITED HARRIER CLUB: Jon Roskvist, 021-460-877 or 04-526-6906 UPPER VALLEY WALKING & TRAMPING CLUB: Allison 04-563-6661

KAPITI KAPITI CARDIAC CLUB: Tuesday, Thursday, Graham Priest 04-2937872 KAPITI WEDNESDAY WALKERS: Wednesday (AM), Robin Leger 04-905-4680 or Muriel Hill 04-293-5121 KAPITI SUNDAY WALKERS: Sunday (AM), Frank Morris 04-2932567 or Ethel Symes 04-904-1485 KAPITI THURSDAY WALKERS: Thursday, email, kapitithursdaywalkers KAPITI JOGGERS & WALKERS: Sunday (AM), Pam Childs 04-9021754 KAPITI WANDERERS: Tuesday (alt), email:, kapitiwanderers MONDAY WALKERS: Monday, Reg Goodsell 04-904-7558, or Steve Golledge 04-904-5904 SPORT KAPITI THURSDAY WALKERS: Thursday (AM), 04-296-9022

WALKING GROUP RECREATIONAL: Edna Patrick, 06-377-4338 ORIENTEERING GROUP: 06-377-7961 or 379-5124 CARTERTON 40+ STRIDERS: Ada Lyster, 06-379-8746 RUAMAHANGA RAMBLERS: Winter Saturday, Summer Tuesday (PM), (BIA), Ray Wallis 06-377-0703



50 PLUS WALKING GROUP: Monday (AM), Colin 03-572-9423 or Joan 03-578-1922 PICTON WALK GROUP: Monday (AM), Claire 03-573-7991





BROOKLYN WALKERS: Edith, 04-384-6799 BUGGY WALKING GROUP: First Thursday of month (AM), FOREST & BIRD: 04-567-7271 ORIENTAL BAY WEDNESDAY WALKERS: Christine Blakely 04-3836276 MT VICTORIA WALKING GROUP: Euan Harris 04-384-4770 WALK WAINUI: Monday (AM), (BIA), Shirley 04-564-6179 ISLAND BAY WALKING GROUP: Community Resource Centre, Island Bay, 04-383-7464 WALKING FOR LIFE: Lynne Waring, Miramar KARORI WALKING GROUP: Mavis Shaw, Kelburn KARORI ARTS & CRAFT WALKING GROUP: 04-934-8630 KANDALLAH CORNERSTONE WALKERS: Monday (AM) 04-479-5420 MIRAMAR WALKING GROUP: 04-388-1944 NEWLANDS COMMUNITY HOUSE WALKING: Tuesday (AM), 04-478-

MOTUEKA FIFTY PLUS WALKERS: Thursday (AM), Nora Morris 03-528-6290

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NELSON NELSON STRIDERS: Tuesday, Thursday, (PM), (BI), Averil West, 03-548-3655 NELSON KIWISENIORS: Tuesday (AM), 03-548-1126 WAKEFIELD WALKING GROUP: Thursday (AM), Lou Manson, 03541-8414 TAHUNA KIWISENIORS: Monday (AM), 03-548-1126 NELSON 50+ WALKING GROUP: alternative Tuesday, Thursday (AM), Noel Brown 03-544-2286 NELSON 50+ WALKING & TRAMPING GROUP: Noel Brown 03544-2286 WAIMEA HARRIER WALKERS: Saturday (PM), Sunday (AM) (BIA), Heather McNabb, 03-547-8490 WEDNESDAY WALKERS: Wednesday (AM), Visitor Information Centre

TAKAKA GOLDEN BAY ALPINE AND TRAMPING CLUB: Day walk and overnight trips, Paul Kilgour, 03-525-7383

CANTERBURY CHRISTCHURCH ACTIVE CHRISTCHURCH SUNDAY WALK: Sunday (AM) (BI), 03-9418999 AVON LOOP/CITY KIWISENIORS: Monday (AM), (B), Sport Canterbury 03-373-5060 AVONSIDE KIWI SENIORS: Wednesday (AM), (BI), Jan 03-389-2755 AVONHEAD KIWISENIORS: Friday (AM), (BI), Bess 03-342-7647 AFTER WORK WALKING CLUBS: around Christchurch, (BI), for all ages and fitness levels, recreation clerk, CCC 03-371-1778. ARAI-WALKERS: Wednesday, Wainoni/Aranui, Natalie Hoani, 03-3882593 ARTHRITIC AMBLERS: Wednesday, (B) suitable for people with physical disabilities, Trevor Randall 03-385-7446 BEXLEY KIWISENIORS: Tuesday (AM), (BI), Kath 03388-6161 BARRINGTON KIWISENIORS: Friday (AM), (BI), Nita 03-337-1493 BECKENHAM WALK ‘n’ TALK: Thursday (PM), Di 03-385-3452 BISHOPDALE RAMBLERS: Wednesday (AM) (I), Bishopdale, Paul Muir 03-359-7971 BISHOPDALE TRAMPING CLUB: Wednesday (AM),(IA), BURNSIDE JOGGERS & WALKERS CLUB: Sunday (AM) Burnside, Anne Uys 03-342-6337 BUSHWISE WOMEN: (BIA) Cynthia Roberts or Roz Heinz 03-3324952 BRIGHTON RAMBLERS WALKING GROUP: Tuesday (AM), New Brighton (I), Marlene Crocker 03-388-1115 CANTERBURY RACE WALKERS ASSOCIATION: Monday, Wednesday, (BIA), coordinates all Canterbury race walkers and friendly race walking, Ann Henderson 03-387-0387 CANTERBURY UNIVERSITY TRAMPING CLUB: Wednesday (PM), Darryn Welham 03-960-3808 CARDIAC COMPANIONS: Sunday fortnight, (PM) Neville Wootton 03-942-5453 CARDIAC CARE GROUP, Marg Allison 03-366-2112 CCC EASTENDERS: Monday (AM), (IA), or Bruce 03-388-7295 CCC GARDEN CITY WALKERS: Saturday (AM) (IA), Helen 03-3822302 CCC GLOW WORM EVENING WALKERS: Wednesday (PM) (IA), Norm Wells 03-981-5487 CCC HALSWELL: Saturday (AM) (PM), (IA), Pauline 03-322-8057: Sunday, Terrence 03-322-8092 CCC SUNSHINE WALKERS: Tuesday (PM (IA), Jim 03-389-1982 or Hope 03-389-7997 CCC SHIRLEY RECREATIONAL WALKERS: Monday, Thursday (AM), (IA), 03-941-5409 CCC SOCKBURN: Tuesday (AM) (IA), Estelle 03-342-7841:Friday (AM) (IA), Jo 03-349-7146 CCC WEEKEND WANDERS: Sunday (PM) (IA), Marilyn 03-338-3826 CHRISTCHURCH PERSONAL GUIDING SERVICE: Daily (AM) (BIA), Cathedral Square, C Tonge 03-981-6350 CHRISTCHURCH MARATHON CLINIC: Saturday (AM), Neil Messenger 03-322-7709 CHRISTCHURCH METHODIST HARRIER CLUB: Saturday (PM) (BIA), Mrs Lindsay Evans 03-355-4356 CRUSADERS WALKERS: Tuesday (BI), (50’s and above age group), Pauline 03-385-9947 DARLINGTON KIWISENIORS: Wednesday (AM), Bill 03-385-1925 DIAMOND HARBOUR RAMBLERS: Tuesday, Hunters Road, (IA), Noeline Coleman 03-329-4566 EASTENDERS: Monday (AM), Bruce 03-981-5329 ELLESMERE TRAMPING GROUP: Thursday (AM), Trish Vessey 03329-1865 FAMILY SOCIAL GROUPS: (B), for parents with young children, recreational clerk, 03-371-1778 FASTRACK WALKING GROUP: Wednesday (AM) (I), Linwood, Dorothy Jones 03-389-5339 FENDALTON WALK ‘n’ TALK: Thursday (AM), 03-941-8999 FENDALTON NORDIC WALKERS: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Yvette So 03-351-6407 GARDEN CITY WALKERS: Saturday (AM), Helen 03-382-2302 GENTLE EXERCISE: Monday, Friday, (NI), qualified physed instructor leads groups, Russell Graham, 03-388-3196 GLOW WORM EVENING WALKERS: Wednesday, Saturday, Sunday, Pauline 03-322-8057 HAGLEY PARK NORDIC WALKERS: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Kerstin Fahrenschone 03-388-0000 HALSWELL WALK ‘n’ TALK: Monday (AM), 03-941-8999 HAPPY RAMBLERS WALKING GROUP: Tuesday, (IA), 50+age group, Vera 03-337-4094 HAPPY WANDERERS WALKING GROUP: Wednesday, (BI), mainly 12 hour flat walks, John van Herpt, 03-980-5664 HEI HEI WALKERS: Thursday, Lee Tuki 03-373-8150 HERITAGE WALKS: Tuesday, (PM), Graeme Stanley 03-980-1553 HERITAGE WALKS: Thursday, (AM), Graeme Stanley 03-980-1553 HOON HAY KIWISENIORS: Wednesday (AM), (BI), Barbara 03-3388306 KAIAPOI WALKERS GROUP: Tuesday, Wednesday (AM), Lyane Graham 03-327-5679 KAIAPOI NORDIC WALKERS: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Trudy Blakey 03-327-4457 KIWISENIORS WALKING GROUPS: for the over 50’s, 23 surburban



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groups plus rural locations, Sport Canterbury 0800-228-483 LAMBDA DAY TRAMPERS: every second Sunday, (BI), social group for gays and lesbians of all ages, Helen Davies 03-337-6103 LINWOOD AVENUE WALKING GROUP: Wednesday, Thursday (AM) (B), 03-389-5303 LINWOOD KIWISENIORS: Thursday (AM), Phyl 03-389-6130 LYTTELTON WALKING GROUP: Tuesday, Lyttlelton, (BI), Ada Goodwin 03-328-7235 MAIREHAU LADIES PROBUS, Tuesday, Leah 03-385-6310 MARYVILLE KIWISENIORS:: Monday (AM), Valmai 03-377-8742 MERIVALE KIWISENIORS: Monday (AM), (BI), June 03-355-8703 MT PLEASANT KIWISENIORS: Tuesday (AM), (BI), Pauline 03-3844794 NEW BRIGHTON KIWISENIORS: Wednesday, (AM), (BI), (both walkers and strollers), Joy 03-383-4494 NEW BRIGHTON WORKING MENS CLUB WALKING GROUP: Tuesday (I), Jenny Wilson 03-332-8818 NEW BRIGHTON ATHLETIC CLUB: Saturday (PM), Phil Bastion 03981-1798 NEW BRIGHTON HILL WALKERS: Wedneday (AM), Royce henery 03-388-7335 NEW BRIGHTON WALK ‘n’ TALK: Monday (AM), 03-941-8999 NEW BRIGHTON STROLLERS: Wednesday (AM), Tess Hall 03-3883237 NEW BRIGHTON WALKERS: Wednesday (AM), Joy 03-383-4494 NO HILL WALKERS: Thursday (AM) (B), Hazel Matthews 03-3855338 NEW BRIGHTON NORDIC WALKERS: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Kerstin Fahrenschone 03-388-0000 NZ VIVENDI SOCIETY: Sunday, Janet 03-389-1609 PAPANUI WALK ‘n’ TALK: Wednesday (AM), 03-941-6840 OXFORD WALKING GROUP: Monday Thursday (AM), Coral Gilbertson 03-312-3155 OPAWA KIWISENIORS: Monday, Tuesday (AM), (BI), Carol 03-3325638 PAPANUI KIWISENIORS: Tuesday (AM), (BI), Elaine 03-352-7519 PAPANUI WALK ‘n’TALK: Wednesday (AM), 03-941-8999 PARKLANDS KIWISENIORS: Thursday (AM), (BI), Bernard Marriott 03-383-2665 PARKLANDS WALKING GROUP: Thursday (AM), BIA), Bernard Marriott 03-383-2665 PENINSULA TRAMPING CLUB: (Family Strollers Group), Sunday, Gloucester Street, (BIA), Rick Bolch 03-338-5156 PIONEER STROLLERS: Thursday, (BIA), Shirley Hitchcock, 03-3227220 PIONEER TRAMPERS: Thursday (AM) (IA), Alan Williams 03-3432216 PLEASURE WALKERS: Monday, Wednesday (AM) (I), Colleen Cook 03-389-8607 PORT HILLS NORDIC WALKERS: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Chiaki Jagau 03-981-1433 PORT HILLS ATHLETIC WALKING GROUP: Wednesday, Friday (AM), Glen Watts 03-332-1964.Saturday (PM), Peter King 03-341-1154 QE11 MINI HIKERS: alternate Wednesday, QE11 Park, (BI), Beverley Church 03-383-5448 Q.E. PARK STROLLERS: Tuesday, John Plumridge 03-385-9710 RETIREES CLUB KIWISENIORS: Wednesday, (AM), (BI), (both walkers and stroller groups), Sport Canterbury 03-373-5060 RETIREES SOCIAL CLUB: Thursday (PM) (BI), 50 + age group, Ira Williams 03-342-8172 or Carol Roscoe 03-337-5901 RICCARTON KIWISENIORS: Wednesday (AM), (BI), Enid 03-348-9351 ROWLEY WALKERS: Wednesday (AM), Lee Tuki 03-373-8150 ROVER HARRIER CLUB: Saturday (PM) (BI), Steve Mitchell 03-3488195 SALLY STROLLERS: Saturday, fortnight, general Christchurch, (B), leisurely pace, Margaret Bennetts, 03-322-9187 SHIRLEY RECREATIONAL WALKERS: Monday, Thursday (AM), 03941-5409 " A SLICE OF HERITAGE WALKS” with Walktologist Graeme Stanley, Tues (PM) Thurs (AM ), Graeme Stanley 03- 980-1553 SOMERFIELD KIWISENIORS: Tuesday (AM), (BI), Marie 03-337-1436 SOUTH CHRISTCHURCH/SYDENHAM WALKERS: Sunday (AM) (IA), Ray 03-332-0555 ST PETERS WALKING GROUP: Monday (PM), Thursday (PM) (BIA), Audrey 03-348-9157 SUNSHINE WALKERS: Tuesday (PM), 03-389-1982 SPORTY SINGLES: Saturday, Sunday, (BI), Llolyd 03-323-6232 TUESDAY TREKKERS CLUB: Tuesday, (AM), Necia Sullivan 03-3389035 TOWER TRAMPING & WALKING CLUB: Tuesday, (IA), Dave Bates 03-332-6233, Sunday, Yvonne van Eerden 03-339-0751 WAINONI/AVONSIDE COMMUNITY SERVICES: Thursday (AM), 03389-2285 WALKIE TALKIES WALKING GROUP: Thursday, (B), members mainly from Burwood United and St Kentigerns Parish, John 03-981-9994 WOMEN WALK: Wednesday and weekends, throughout Canterbury not in city area, (BIA), Pauline Cara 03-384-1921 XY’s WALKERS: Thursday (AM), Maureen Ryder 03-383-1226 or Alison Jarvis 03-338-2678 “Y’s WALKERS” (YMCA): Tuesday, Thursday, (BIA), City YMCA, 03366-0689, Bishopdale Community Centre, 03-359-8330

“Y’s TREKKERS”: Monday, Port Hills, (IA), City YMCA, 03-366-0689 YMCA WALKING GROUP: Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday (AM), Jill O’Connor 03-366-0689 WAYFARERS WALKING GROUP:Thursday (AM) (BI), 50 + age group, Ted Hill 03-323-9311 WEEKEND WANDERERS: Sunday (PM), Marilyn Dean 03-338-3826 WOMEN WALK: Wednesday Weekends (AM), (BIA), Pauline Cara 03-384-1921 30 MINUTE WALKING GROUP: Thursday (AM), Greame Stanley 30 MINUTE WALKING GROUP:Tuesday (AM), (B), Risingholme, Christchurch City Council 03-941-8999 30 MINUTE WALKING GROUP:Monday, Wednesday, Friday (AM), (BIA), Bishopdale, Christchurch City Council 03-941-8999 30 MINUTE WALKING GROUP: Thursday (AM) (PM), (BIA), 03-94128999

RURAL CANTERBURY CHEVIOT KIWISENIORS: Tuesday (AM), (BI), Sport Canterbury 03373-5060 ELLESMERE TRAMPING GROUP: Thursday (AM) (IA), Trish Vessy 03-329-1865 LEESTON KIWISENIORS: Friday (AM), (BI), Sport Canterbury 03373-5060 LINCOLN KIWISENIORS: Monday (AM), (BI), Sport Canterbury 03373-5060 RANGIORA KIWISENIORS: Wednesday (AM), (BI), Sport Canterbury 03-373-5060 SOUTHBRIDGE KIWISENIORS: Friday (AM), (BI), Sport Canterbury 03-373-5060

ASHBURTON ASHBURTON HARRIER CLUB: Tuesday, Saturday, Sunday, Merv & Jackie Gilbert 03-308-5894 KIWISENIORS WALKING GROUPS: for the over 50’s, Wednesday (AM), (BI), two groups, Janice Cochrane, Sport Mid-Canterbury, 03-307-0475 ASHBURTON STROLLERS CLUB: 1st Sunday and 2nd Wednesday of month, (AM), Diane Milne 03- 303-6250 METHERN & DISTRICT TRAMPING CLUB: Helen 03-308-7011 MT SOMERS TRACKS: Warren Jowett 03-303-0880, MT SOMERS WALKWAY: Marilyn & Bruce Gray 03-303-0809 PACIFIC ISLAND WALKING GROUP: Ashburton Domain, Torika Patterson 03-308-5868 ST DAVIDS WALKING GROUP: Barbara Lischner 03-308-5174, WALKING GROUP: Eileen Ward 03-307-0475 WALKING GROUP: Ethel Powell 03-308-9662




DUNEDIN ACTIVE WALKERS: Monday (PM), Bill Brockie 03-467-9114 ARIKI WALKING GROUP: Wednesday, Saturday (PM), Karen Martin 03-456-4223 CIVIL SERVICE: Saturday, (PM), Peter Smith 03-471-7127 CAVERSHAM HARRIERS WALKING GROUP: Saturday (PM), Keiran Columb 03-489-4027 DUNEDIN CITY RAMBLERS: Wednesday,(AM) Alison St John 03476-2344 GREEN HUT TRACK GROUP: Wednesday (AM), George Sutherland 03-467-5999 HALFWAY BUSH WALKING GROUP: Tuesday (AM), (I), Pat Garth, 03-476-2579 HILL CITY WALKING GROUP: Saturday (PM), Alex McEwan 03-4554851 KOPUTAI WALKING GROUP: 2nd Tuesday, (AM), Noeline Forgie, 03472-8302 LEITH WALKERS: Saturday (PM), Janette Anderson 03-476-2830 MORNINGTON MONDAY WALKERS: Monday (AM), (B), Kieran Hurring 03-453-4423 MULTI-PEAK FITNESS WALKERS: Wednesday (AM), Marelda Gallaher 03-477-6057 or 027-222-3863 MOSGIEL 50's FORWARD WALKING GROUP: Thursday (AM), Roberta Telfer 03-488-3175 OTAGO TRAMPING/MOUNTAINEERING CLUB: Sunday (AM), Ian Sime 03-453-6185 OVER 30’s TRAMPING CLUB: Sunday (AM), Janice Hodges 03-4894071 PHOENIX CLUB WALKING GROUP: Wednesday (AM), Nina Davidson 03-471-0114 PINEHILL WALKING GROUP: Thursday (AM), Norman Vare 03-4738683 ST KILDA COMMUNITY CLUB WALKING GROUP: Tuesday, (AM), Ngaire McIndoe 03-456-4478 TAIERI RECREATIONAL TRAMPING CLUB: Wednesday (AM), Ian Fleming 03-489-8964 TRIXIE TRAMPERS: Thursday (AM), Alison Jones 03-489-8372 WEA OVER 50’s TRAMPING CLUB: 2nd & 4th Tuesday, (A), Jenny Gonin 03-467-2711 WAIHOLA WALKERS: Wednesday (AM), Elizabeth Jones 03-4898064 XY TRAMPING CLUB: 1st & 4th Tuesday, (AM), Cliff Donaldson 03467-9875 Y’S WALKING GROUP: Sunday (AM), Betty Booth 03-456-2000 60 PLUS WALKING GROUP: Monday (AM), Judith Wright 03-4562080 60’s PLUS RAMBLERS: 1st & 3rd Tuesday, Vern Gould 03-476-4457 60’s PLUS TRAMPING CLUB: 2nd & 4th Thursday, (A), >4 hours, Murray Bolt, 03-454-2211 60 PLUS HIKERS: 2nd & 4th Tuesday, (AM), Moreen Hayes 03-4761545

TIMARU HARRIER CLUB: Saturday (PM), March to October, Alister 03-686-1010 GLENITI WALK GROUP: Wednesday (AM), (BI), Edna 03-688-0779 HIGHFIELD WALK GROUP: Thursday (AM), (BI), Joy, 03-688-9888 KIWISENIORS WALKING GROUPS: for the over 50’s, Verna Parker, Sport Canterbury, 03-686-0751 MARCHWIEL WALK GROUP: Monday (AM), Colleen, 03-688-6231 SOUTHEND WALK GROUP: Monday (AM), (BI), Bev, 03-688-8381 WANDERERS WALK GROUP: Thursday (AM), (BI), Brian Illingworth 03-684-9355





60’S UP WALK GROUP: Monday (AM), Olive Swain 03-214-4802 YMCA WOMEN’S WALKING GROUP: Tuesday (AM), Joan Sutherland, 03-218-8738 BNZ ACTIVE WALKERS: Thursday, Ann Robbie 03-211-2150,

GREYMOUTH CATHOLIC WOMENS LEAGUE WALKING GROUP: Nora Sheard, 03-768-6479 GREYMOUTH OVER 50’S: Graham Schaef, 03-768-7437 GREYMOUTH DAUDLERS: Yvonne Davison 03-768-6664 KIWISENIORS WALKING GROUPS: for the over 50’s, Don Monk SWC 03-768-0775 RUNANGA WALKING GROUP: Pat Butler 03-762-7665 BLACKBALL WALKING GROUP: Charlie Quibell 03-732-4887

HOKITIKA HOKITIKA KIWISENIORS: Monday (AM), (BI), Pavel Bare SWC, 03756-9037 HARI HARI KIWISENIORS: Historic walks (BI), Pavel Bare SWC, 03-756-9037 HOKI HIKERS: Tuesday (AM), Margaret Stevens 03-755-6466

ALEXANDRA HARRIER & WALKERS CLUB: Saturday (PM), April to October, John Thompson 03-448-7244,

QUEENSTOWN WAKATIPU WALKERS: Thursday, Patricia Cook 03-442-1525

WANAKA WANAKA WALKING Group: Monday (February - Mid-December (AM), (BI), Marion Barnett 03-443-1780


GORE BNZ ACTIVE WALKERS: 3rd Tuesday, Susie Burrows 03-208-3846, HOKONUI TRAMPING CLUB: Margaret Hughes 03-208-7053

NORTHERN SOUTHLAND BNZ ACTIVE WALKERS: 2nd and 4th Thursday, Ann Robbie 03211-2150,

TE ANAU BNZ ACTIVE WALKERS: Wednesday, Ann Robbie 03-211-2150,

OTAGO CLYDE CLYDE OFF-ROAD WALKERS: Monday, Wednesday, Judy Blanch, 03-449-2580, Eleanor Edgar 03-448-6767

OAMARU SENIOR CITIZENS WALKING GROUP: Wednesday (AM), Nancy Bell 03-434-5061 OAMARU FRIDAY WALKERS: Every 2nd Friday (AM), Barbara McGann 03-434-9178

LEGEND Fitness levels: “B” beginner, ”I” intermediate, “A” advanced. (AM) denotes morning walk, (PM) denotes an afternoon or evening walk. Group co-ordinators are asked to please advise us of any updates by fax 06-358-6864 or email

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